The Intrepid Shopper: What the heck is a Pummelo?

I’m in a food rut. Yes a food blogger can be in a food rut. When I go to the grocery store I buy the same cereal, the same chips, the same bread. I’m sure you get the picture. It’s not that I don’t want to branch out and try new things  but lately my shopping trips haven’t lent them self the browsing and exploring.  I’m trying to get everything on my list in the shortest time possible but  a few weeks ago I started to wonder if I’m missing out. I was walking through the produce department gathering my requisite bananas and apples, and saw at least 3 fruits I had never even heard of (no less tasted). In the interest of being a more well rounded food lover, I’ve decided to  start rushing less and exploring more at the store.  I want to seek out those little known, usually overlooked, or slightly exotic fruits, veggies, meats, etc and share my finds with you: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

What is a Pummelo?

A Pummelo is the largest member of the citrus fruit family. They originated in Asia and are in season from November to March. The skin is yellow-green in color and is somewhat larger than a grapefruit. Inside the Pummelo, the flesh is pink (or white) and segmented and skin is about 1/2 inch thick. The skin has traditionally been used to make preserves or it can also be candied. The Chinese believe that eating a Pummelo brings good luck so they’re popular around New Year’s.

How does it taste?

How did it taste? The taste very similar to a pink grapefruit. The flesh is juicy and sweet without the bitter bite that you get with most grapefruit. I cut the segments out with a paring knife and ate it without any sugar. It was delicious.

How do I select and store a Pummelo?

Only buy fruits that are shiny and feel heavy in your hand. Avoid Pummelo’s that look shriveled or have bruises or brown spots. They can be stored for up to 2 weeks at room temperature or 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

Try these recipes using Pummelos.

Spicy Pummelo Salad at Epicurious.com

Blood Orange and Pummelo Marmalade at MarthaStewart.com

Fresh Pummelo Shrimp Salad by Sunkist

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