The Pummelo, also known as the Chinese grapefruit, is an exotic large citrus fruit that is an ancient ancestor of the common grapefruit. It is the largest of the citrus fruits with a shape that can be fairy round or slightly pointed at one end. The fruit ranges from nearly round to oblate or pear-shaped. They range from cantaloupe-size to as large as a 25-pound watermelon and have a very thick, soft rind. The skin is green to yellow and slightly bumpy.
Like grapefruits, they can range from almost seedless to very seedy, from juicy to dry, from sweet to sour. It is sweeter than grapefruit and can be eaten fresh, although membranes around the segments should be peeled.
The pummelo is grown in many eastern countries including Japan, China, India, Fiji, Malaysia and Thailand. It is also grown in the Caribbean and in the United States, in California and Florida.
You use a pummelo just as you would a grapefruit. They contain vitamin C and potassium making them a healthy snack alternative.