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1 southeastern Asian tree producing large fruits resembling grapefruits [syn: pomelo tree, pummelo, shaddock, Citrus maxima, Citrus grandis, Citrus decumana]
2 large pear-shaped fruit similar to grapefruit but with coarse dry pulp [syn: shaddock]

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  1. A large yellow citrus fruit native to southeastern Asia and Malaysia. It has a sweet flesh and is about 25 centimeters in diameter.





  1. pomelo


Extensive Definition

The pomelo (or Chinese grapefruit, pummelo, pommelo, Lusho Fruit, jabong, boongon, shaddock, Balinese Citrus, or suha), Citrus maxima (Merr., Burm. f.), also Citrus grandis (L.), is a citrus fruit, usually a pale green to yellow when ripe, larger than a grapefruit, with sweet flesh and thick spongy rind.

Cultivation and uses

The pomelo is native to Southeast Asia, and grows wild on river banks in Fiji, Tonga, and Hawaii. It may have been introduced into China around 100 B.C. It is widely cultivated in southern China (Jiangsu, Jiangxi, and Fujian Provinces) and especially in central Thailand on the banks of the Tha Chin River; also in Taiwan and southernmost Japan, southern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Tahiti, and the Philippines. It is also grown commercially (on a limited scale for ethnic and specialty grocers) elsewhere, particularly California, Florida, and Israel. Because of this limited production, pomelos typically sell for about 2 dollars apiece in the USA.
The pomelo is also known as a shaddock, after an English sea captain, Captain Shaddock, who introduced the seed to the West Indies in the 17th century from the Malay Archipelago. In the Pacific and Asia, it is known as jabong and in Chinese it is called yòuzi (柚子) (not to be confused with the yuzu, which uses the same Chinese characters but is a different species), while it is called som o (ส้มโอ) in Thai, bưởi in Vietnamese and or in Japanese. In Burmese it is called kywègaw thee in the south and shaupann thee in upcountry.
The pulp colour ranges between clear pale yellow to pink to red, and tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit - it has very little or none of the common grapefruit's bitterness, but the membranes of the segments are bitter and usually discarded. It is 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. One way to eat the pomelo is to remove the rind, then peel the segments themselves to obtain the juice vesicles or 'flesh' (see Gallery, below). Another way is to blend the fruit including its white membranes, to produce a purée. Candied then dipped in chocolate, the rind makes a magnificent grapefruity confection.
The finest variety (at least per California citrusmen) is considered to be the Chandler, which has a smoother skin than many other varieties. The photo above shows an almost-ripe Chandler (though it would still be good eating). In Vietnam, a particularly well known variety called bưởi Năm Roi is cultivated in the Vinh Long Province of the Mekong Delta region.
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 candied. In general, citrus peel is often used in southern Chinese cuisine for flavouring, especially in sweet soup desserts.


The United States of America is the top producer of grapefruit and pomelo, followed by China and Mexico.


pomelo in Bengali: জাম্বুরা
pomelo in Min Nan: Iū-á
pomelo in Bulgarian: Помело
pomelo in Danish: Pomelo
pomelo in German: Pampelmuse
pomelo in Estonian: Pomelo
pomelo in Spanish: Citrus maxima
pomelo in Esperanto: Pampelmuso
pomelo in French: Citrus maxima
pomelo in Indonesian: Jeruk bali
pomelo in Italian: Citrus maxima
pomelo in Hebrew: פומלו
pomelo in Upper Sorbian: Pamplmuza
pomelo in Haitian: Chadèk
pomelo in Lithuanian: Didysis citrinmedis
pomelo in Malay (macrolanguage): Pokok Limau Bali
pomelo in Dutch: Pompelmoes
pomelo in Japanese: ブンタン
pomelo in Georgian: თურინჯი
pomelo in Polish: Pomarańcza olbrzymia
pomelo in Portuguese: Pomelo
pomelo in Romanian: Pomelo
pomelo in Russian: Помело (фрукт)
pomelo in Slovenian: Pomelo
pomelo in Finnish: Pomelo
pomelo in Swedish: Pomelo
pomelo in Thai: ส้มโอ
pomelo in Tagalog: Suha
pomelo in Ukrainian: Помело (дерево)
pomelo in Vietnamese: Bưởi
pomelo in Chinese: 柚子
Pomelo: Su descubrimiento:El pomelo es una fruta muy rica que fue descubierta por un navegante Argentino en el año 1576. Este navegate se llamaba Michael David Aporia. Utilidades: Tanto los podologos como los manicuras lo recomiendan para el buen crecimiento de las uñas. Viva Peron y El Che
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