Pomelo Facts

Pomelo Facts
Pomelo is the largest type of citrus fruit that belongs to the family Rutaceae (citrus family). It originates from Southeast Asia and Pacific islands. Pomelo grows in tropical and subtropical areas. This fruit is commercially cultivated in Asia, San Diego, California, Florida and Israel. Pomelo is part of human diet for centuries. Besides being tasty, pomelo acts beneficially on the human health and it can be used in treatment of various disorders.
Interesting Pomelo Facts:
Pomelo tree can grow from 15 to 50 feet in height.
Pomelo tree develops large evergreen leaves. They are oblong or elliptic-shaped and have winged petioles.
Pomelo produces flowers up to 4 times per year. Flowers are individual, large and usually purple colored. Some types of pomelo have white flowers. Flowers are fragrant.
Pomelo is best known by its pear-shaped or round fruit. Unripe fruit is green colored. It changes color to yellow as it ripens. Fruit is large, usually 5.9 to 9.8 inches wide and weighs between 2.2 and 4.4 pounds. Large specimens of pomelo can reach 12 inches in diameter and weigh up to 22 pounds.
Pomelo (fruit) has thick rind with dense, spongy pith beneath. Rind can be easily peeled. People usually discard peel because of its bitter taste. Inner part of the fruit consists of 11 to 18 segments. Pulp is usually sweet and juicy. Some varieties of pomelo have sour and dry flesh. Color of the flesh depends on the type of pomelo. It can be white, yellow, pinkish or red colored.
Pomelo (fruit) contains few irregularly-shaped ridged seed.
Grapefruit is hybrid produced by crossbreeding of pomelo and orange. Tangelo is hybrid produced by crossbreeding of pomelo and tangerine.
Pomelo is excellent source of vitamins C and A, dietary fibers and minerals such as potassium, iron and calcium. One quarter of pomelo provides 130% of daily requirements of vitamin C. Pomelo is low-caloric fruit. One quarter of pomelo contains only 60 calories.
Pomelo is usually consumed raw, in the form of fruit salads, juices, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. It is also used as an ingredient of various sweet and salty dishes, especially in the Asian cuisine.
Peel of pomelo can be candied, used for the production of marmalades or consumed in combination with chocolate. It is also used as seasoning for dishes made of meat.
Pomelo is used in treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue and insomnia.
Pomelo flowers are used in the industry of perfumes.
Wood of pomelo tree is used for the manufacture of tool handles.
Leaves of pomelo tree and rind of fruit are boiled and used for ritual cleansing of the body and protection against evil spirits in China.
Pomelo usually lives around 10 years in the wild.

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