The pomelo is a great fruit, something we always eat in Asia. I’ve always loved it, ever since I was a baby.
Yes I know my ears stick out like a monkey. Yes I know I had a huge head almost as big as the pomelo. And yes, I probably gave my mom a hard time in labour. And yes, I know I looked like a boy! One time we were out, someone came up and asked my parents why they dressed their son in a pretty pink dress. I was SO insulted.
In any case, the pomelo is also apparently a symbol of good luck and prosperity for us Chinese. The best ones we ever ate were those ripely picked from Grandpa’s backyard. It is like a giant grapefruit, but sweet.
According to my grandparents, pomelo is also good for de-worming. De-worming?! Yup, de-worming. The thought of worms existing in my body gives me the heebie jeebies. But it’s supposed to be very effective and you can actually see the worms when they’re…ummm…excreted. That’s never happened to me though (or I would’ve never touched pomelo ever again!).
I was reading a pomelo salad recipe and the author said that it was really easy to make, but it was very tedious work cutting the pomelo because it took her one and a half hours. Boy, that would be tedious wouldn’t it? I don’t know how she did it, but it’s only ever taken me 5 minutes!
How To Cut Pomelo (and FAST!)
- Cut the top of the pomelo off until you can almost see the fruit inside. The bottom is the flatter end.
- Cut through the skin lengthwise around the pomelo. It’s quite a thick skin so you want to cut through quite deeply. I don’t explain this well, so look at the picture.
- Peel the skin wedges apart. Pull the fruit out from the bottom part of the skin.
- Break it into wedges and serve.
It’s as easy as that!
We normally just throw the skin away. Or you can do what my mom did.
Like I didn’t already have enough problems with my enormous head.