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Pomelo - How to Prepare Pomelo Fruit (+ Nutrition Facts)

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Step #1: Buying a Pomelo
Pomelo Fruit

Pomelos for Sale at an Asian Market

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Step 1: Pomelos can be purchased at most Asian markets and sometimes in regular supermakets and grocery store chains, depending on where you live. Pomelos are sweeter and milder than grapefruit, and often juicer, plus very low in calories.

Appearance: Pomelo is considered to be 'king of the citrus fruit kingdom' for its sheer size: some varieties are the size of a small basketball, while others appear like an enormous grapefruit. Pomelos also vary in color, from dark green on the outside to a coral-orange color and sometimes even yellow. The skin can be very thick (up to 2 inches), or thinner depending on the hybrid. Some come to a peek on top (where the stem joins the tree), while others are completely round. The inner fruit ranges in color from white to pink.

Nutrition / Calories: Like other citrus fruit, pomelos are high in vitamin C (one serving of 1 to 1.5 cups gives you more than your recommended intake of vitamin C). Pomelos also contain iron, dietary fiber, and protein, yet pomelo is very low in calories: 100 grams or 0.220 lbs/3.53 ounces = 38 calories, according to the National USDA Database for Standard Reference(Pomelo Calorie Information). This makes it the perfect diet food!

Where Grown: Pomelos are grown in Thailand (where it is known as 'sum-oh') and throughout Southeast Asia as well as in Mexico ('toronja' in Spanish) and California. In fact, along with Thailand and China, California is now one of the biggest producers of this fruit.

How to Prepare: Click on Step 2 (below).

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