Available from Sunkist from October through April, pummelos are currently in the peak of their season. Sometime referred to as a Chinese grapefruit, they are botanically known as Citrus Grandis, the largest of all citrus.
Big on flavor and nutrition, one-fourth of a pummelo has just 60 calories and provides 120 percent of the Vitamin C recommended for the day. Pummelos are also sodium-, fat- and cholesterol-free and a great source of potassium and fiber.
“Pummelos are now in peak season and tasting delicious, making it the perfect time to promote this unique variety ahead of the winter holidays,” said Joan Wickham, director of communications for Sunkist Growers in Valencia, CA. “The largest of citrus fruit, pummelos are a traditional gift during the Lunar New Year, which falls on January 28 this upcoming year.”
They are considered to bring prosperity and good fortune, and have been a treasured food in Asia and other regions for many years. Wickham said they are generally round-to-pear in shape. “The delectable citrus fruit is said to be the ancestor of the grapefruit but with a sweeter and less acidic taste and a delicate flesh that ranges from white to deep pink in color,” she added.
Their thick, dark green peel fades to yellow as the season progresses. “With a thick peel, sometimes this fruit can intimidate consumers because of its size,” Wickham said, noting that Sunkist offers educational point-of-sale materials to “demystify” the pummelo and demonstrate how easy it is “to enjoy this delicious seasonal citrus variety.”