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The Largest Citrus Fruit is..?
Pumelo Native to Southeast Asia, the PUMELO (or pummelo, pommelo, Chinese Grapefruit, Lusho Fruit, jabong, boongon, shaddock, jeruk Bali, or suhu) is the largest citrus fruit, growing as large as 12 inches in diameter!

The behemoths we have at the Market of Lafayette Hill are only about half that size, however. They can range in color from greenish-yellow to pale-yellow, and we have had all colors in between already. The fruit inside varies from greenish-yellow to pink and even red (at the time of this writing, we have the red ones in stock).

So what are they? Pumelos are not hybrids. The pumelo is an ancestor to the common grapefruit. On a side note: if you recall my blog about tangelos, they are the result of crossing a tangerine with a pumelo (or grapefruit).

Pumelos are sweeter in taste than a grapefruit. Peeling one, you will also notice that the skin is very thick indeed (and be sure to peel away the membranes around the segments, which are bitter). If you enjoy grapefruits, give a pumelo a try sometime.
About John

John Darlington has been involved with produce for over half of his life, concentrating in smaller, local markets. Check out John's blog every month to learn what's new and exciting in the wonderful world of fresh produce.


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• A Year in Review
• Quizzo Stumper
• More to Find in Produce
• Broccoli Rabe vs. Broccolini
• The Genus Allium
• More for 2009!
• Oranges and Pears Abound
• Variety in Aisle One
• Holiday Fun
• Falling for Fall
• Don't Be Mad at the Avocado
• Summertime Drupes
• The Big Salad Bar Secret
• The Largest Citrus Fruit
• Red Bananas
• Flat Parsley vs. Curly Parsley
• Chinese White Ya Pear
• Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams
• Veggies for Game Day
• Honeybell Tangeloes
• New Arrival: Chayote Squash
• Grape Tomatoes
• Blood Oranges are Back


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