Pomelo Fruit - Organically grown fruit at vanya
The pomelo is a citrus fruit that goes by many names. Common names for the pomelo include: Citrus maxima, Chinese grapefruit, pommelo, boongon, Jeruk Bali, jabong, shaddock, suha, Citrus grandis, and Jeruk Bali. It is larger than a grapefruit, it has a sweet flesh, a thick spongy rind, and its color ranges from pale green to yellow when it is ripe.
The pomelo is not to be confused with the yuzu, which uses the same Chinese characters but is a different species. It is called Som O in Thai, and buntan or banpeiyu in Japanese. In Burmese it is called kywègaw thee in the South and shaupann thee in the North.
The color of its pulp ranges between clear pale yellow to pink or red and tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit. It is currently described as the largest citrus fruit, growing as large as 30 cm in diameter and weighing as much as 10 kg. The peel is thick and is sometimes used to make marmalade. The tangelo is a hybrid between the pomelo and the tangerine. It has a thicker skin than a tangerine and is less sweet.
The peel of the pomelo is also used in Chinese cooking or use as a sweetener to make candies. In general, the citrus peel is often used in southern Chinese cuisine for flavoring, especially in sweet soup desserts.
Common Consumption Today
The pomelo is often served halved and sprinkled with sugar. In addition, it can be used in salads or as a garnish for duck, chicken, pork, and shrimp dishes. At Vanya Tree House we have Organic Pomelo Fruits in Plenty!
Pomelo boasts of many health benefits due to its high amounts of vitamin C. Here are some of pomelo's nutritional benefits that you should be aware of:
Boosts Your Immune System. One serving of pomelo fruit contains roughly 116 milligrams of vitamin C, a whopping 193 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C intake. Vitamin C is famous for its effects on the immune system, its ability to aid in wound healing and its function in the body's iron absorption. It also helps fight off harmful free radicals.
Assists in Digestion. Pomelo contains high amounts of fiber, which helps in maintaining the balance in the digestive system. It promotes healthy digestion and smooth movement of bowels in the digestive tract, therefore helping you avoid diarrhea and constipation.
Maintains Normal Blood Pressure Levels. The potassium in pomelo can help release tension in blood vessels and aid in blood circulation and the oxygenation of the different body systems. It also helps prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes because it minimizes the strain on the heart.
Aids in Weight Loss. Eating pomelo can also be essential in weight loss because it contains fat-burning enzymes that can help decrease the amount of sugar and starch in the body. It is also filling, helping you avoid overeating.