A whole pomelo with a slice of pomelo next to it

How to select

Choose heavy, firm pomelos with thin skin.

How to prepare

Peel the pomelo with your hands like you would an orange. Alternatively, use a small paring knife to peel the skin.

How to store

Keep pomelos in the fridge and use within one week.

Peak season

Fall, winter

Ways to use

  • Substitute pomelos for oranges in an orange marmalade recipe. 
  • Add pomelos to fruit or vegetable salads. 
  • Make chocolate-covered, candied pomelo peels for healthy treat. 
  • Use pomelo juice to marinate fish or meat. 
  • Substitute pomelo juice for grapefruit juice in a drink recipe.

Fun facts

  • The pomelo is native to Malaysia and Indonesia. 
  • In the U.S., pomelos are grown in California and Hawaii. 
  • Pomelos have a similar taste to grapefruits. 
  • Pomelos have been crossed with other fruits to make new fruits such as the sweet orange (pomelo & mandarin), the grapefruit (pomelo & sweet orange), and the tangelo (pomelo & tangerine).

Nutrition info and facts

The fiber content of a pomelo can prevent constipation. A pomelo's protein content can make you feel full longer and aid in weight loss or management. Pomelos are high in the antioxidants vitamin C (412% DV), naringenin, naringin, and lycopene.

1 peeled pomelo = 231 calories, 5 g protein, 59 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 13% DV riboflavin, 17% DV thiamine, 412% DV vitamin C, 32% DV copper, 28% DV potassium

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Healthline. 9 Health benefits of pomelo (and how to eat it). November 15, 2019.

MasterClass. How to eat a pomelo: 5 ways to use this giant citrus fruit. June 7, 2021.