What is a Pummelo?

Confessions of a grapefruit addict.

I love grapefruit.  I love them so much I take them on road trips, I eat them on vacations, I will even buy them at my destination, if possible.  I have them in my refrigerator at all times and eat one almost every day for breakfast.  They are refreshing, juicy and oh so very healthy.  One average grapefruit, my general daily serving, has 200% of the daily recommended minimum vitamin C!  The reason I think I rarely get a cold.

And don’t think I’m crazy, but my favorite way to eat a grapefruit is pealed like an orange, into sections, cut up, and then drizzled with liquid coconut oil.  I then chill long enough (or overnight) for the coconut oil to get hard, so I can crunch on the tasty oil when I bite into the juicy grapefruit (I am also addicted to coconut oil and eat it every day).

Sometime back I discovered a delicious relative of the grapefruit, called a Pummelo. Pummelo are more green in color, and larger than a grapefruit.

I found these at Whole Foods. I believe that is the only place I have found them.  And they are seasonal. But oh so sweet and delicious!

My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to dig deeper to find out exactly what a Pummelo is.  According to Wikipedia:

The pomelo, Citrus maxima, or Citrus grandis, also called pomello, pummelo, pommelo, pamplemousse, jabong (Hawaii), or shaddock,[1] is a natural (non-hybrid) citrus fruit, similar in appearance to a large grapefruit, native to South and South-East Asia.
The pomelo is one of the four original citrus species from which the rest of cultivated citrus hybridized.

I have not always been hooked on grapefruit.  I remember growing up with sour fruit that you sliced open and ate just the center juicy part.  And sometimes we added sugar!  But it seems like the grapefruit I get now days, well, they are generally Pink Grapefruit, and they are sweet, and easy to eat like an orange.

Back to the Pummelo.  According to the same Wikipedia article, the grapefruit is a hybrid of the pummelo and the mandarin.  So the Pummelo is actually the parent of the grapefruit!

Pummelos are native to Malaysia, and apparently grapefruit were first found in Barbados!

Pummelos are very similar to grapefruit with regards to health benefits, and, as grapefruit, they can also interfere with some medications.  So keep that in mind.

But if you enjoy grapefruit and are able to eat them, they have many health benefits:


In addition they are high in vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, and magnesium.

www.organicfacts.net has one word of caution:

The high levels of vitamin C and potassium in this fruit can make it hazardous for patients with liver and kidney conditions. Also, patients with hypotension (low blood pressure) can be in danger since pomelos lower the blood pressure significantly. Other than that, enjoy these rare and powerful fruits for a better overall health!

If you love grapefruit, and you have never tried a pummelo, track one down and give it a try.  It is well worth the additional cost, at least once in a while, as a treat!


My breakfast grapefruit with coconut oil!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Naomi says:

    I think I need to try one!


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