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The Tahitian is a relatively small pomelo, although still larger than a grapefruit. This variety is round with slightly flattened ends, and has a thin, yellow-green rind when ripe. The rind peels off easily to reveal juicy, green flesh that turns amber colored as it ripens to full maturity. The flesh tends to have many easy-to-remove seeds. The unusual taste is fairly sweet with notes of melon and lime, and subtler notes of grapefruit.
The Tahitian pomelo is available mid-winter through early spring.
The Tahitian pomelo, or Citrus maxima 'Tahitian', one of many varieties of the large pomelo citruses. The Tahitian pomelo is also known as the Sarawak pomelo, or Moanalua. Though it is relatively new to the United States, Tahitian pomelos have been used to create new pomelo and grapefruit cultivars, although its own parentage is unknown.
Like other pomelos, Tahitians are extremely high in Vitamin C. They also have smaller amounts of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B6, and dietary fiber.
Tahitian pomelos are delicious eaten fresh or made into juice. The easiest way to eat a fresh pomelo is to cut it in half, then cut into slices or scoop out with a spoon, much like a grapefruit. Fresh pomelos are often eaten sprinkled with salt and chile pepper in southeast Asia, but can also be used to make jam, salads, and in desserts such as citrus bars and sorbet. They go well with tropical fruits, herbs such as mint and cilantro, carrots, radishes, and shellfish dishes. Although bitter when raw, pomelo rind can also be candied or made into marmalade. Choose Tahitian pomelos that feel heavy and smooth, fully yellow skin. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Pomelos are commonly grown and eaten in southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Fiji, as well as in China. They are considered a source of good luck during the Lunar New Year.
Originally, all pomelos are from southeast Asia, and then made their way to China and the Caribbean. Today they are grown extensively in countries such as Malaysia and China. In North American, they are grown in Mexico, the Caribbean, Florida, and California, although they are mostly grown in small commercial plots or in home gardens. Tahitian pomelos are thought to have originated in Borneo and then traveled to Tahiti, from which they take their name. They were then introduced to the United States via Hawaii in 1971.
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