It is believed that the pomelo (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis) is an ancestor of grapefruit. This is a special type, not a hybrid.

Some call it Thai or Chinese grapefruit, but it is not as acidic like grapefruit -it has a sweet taste and it is a little stronger.The crust is much thicker than the other citrus fruits (citrus); the white layer beneath the bark is spongy and has a bitter taste. The fruit can weight one to two, and up to five kilograms.

There are three varieties of tropical fruits:

  • white
  • pink
  • red

Pink and red are sweeter than white.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • The pomelo is an excellent source of vitamin C.
  • It also contains significant amounts of carotene, potassium and folic acid, and the amount of ingredients depends on the variety and color of the fruit.

You Can Use It As:

  • The pomelo is most commonly used in food as fresh fruit, or it is used for making fruit juices.
  • The bark can be used for preparation of jams.
  • Bark and the other contents, in Asia, are used for preparation sweet dishes and desserts.
  • It is good for fruit salads and as an addition to vegetable salads.
  • It can replace a grapefruit, an orange or even a pineapple in many recipes.

Health Benefits:

  • In China, the pomelo is used to strengthen the lungs and the spleen.The Chinese prepare natural medicine from this fruit seeds, flowers, peel, and the pieces of the young fruit, usually by drying them. They use this medicine to treat cough, swelling, vomiting, digestive problems, alcohol poisoning, to facilitate the elimination of secretions while colds etc.
  • Malays use it for abdominal pain, edema (swelling) and to facilitate the elimination of thick respiratory secretions. From the boiled leaves they make lotions for swelling and sores.
  • The fruits of pomelo also lowers fever and serve as an adjunctive therapy in diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other diseases.

The pomelo can be kept at room temperature for a week, and at the temperature of the refrigerator for months.

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