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All about “Pomelo”, citrus fruit derived from grapefruit

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The health benefits of pomelo


As with other citrus fruits, pomelo is rich in vitamin C, naringin, and limonoids which are rich in antioxidants and help scavenge free radicals.


Composed of 90% water, pomelo is a very hydrating citrus fruit that will contribute to your daily water intake, in addition to a good supply of drinking water.


These are the flavonoids contained in citrus fruits which give pomelo a natural anti-inflammatory power effective in winter to fight against small ailments.

Regulates blood sugar

Recent studies have shown that pomelo naringin tends to lower blood sugar and therefore fights hyperglycemia and prevents diabetes.

Drugs interactions

Pomelo juice should be consumed moderately and reasonably because it has an interaction with certain drugs (in particular statins against cholesterol and immunosuppressants in the event of transplant).

Nutritional values ​​of pomelo

Per 100 g of pomelo

Water 90.1 g
Carbohydrates 5.92 g
Fat 0.2g
Protein 0.63 g
Fibers 1.33 g
Calcium 23.3 mg
Potassium 144 mg
Beta carotenes 552 µg
Vitamin C 40.9 mg
Vitamin B9 24.5 µg
Energy 35.1 kcal
Energy 149 kJ

The main nutrients in pomelo


Fibers are effective in regulating transit, they also facilitate digestion and therefore make pomelo a fruit to consume for people suffering from functional colopathies .


A pomelo weighing on average 400g, the calcium intake of a single pomelo is considerable. In addition to a balanced diet, pomelo would therefore allow you to easily reach your recommended daily calcium intake.


The right amount of pomelo potassium will help muscle contraction and the transmission of nerve impulses in the body.

Vitamin B9

Folic acid (or vitamin B9 ) is predominant in the construction of the neural tube of the fetus during pregnancy. It is therefore an important fruit to put on the menu if you are pregnant or want to be soon.

Using pomelo in cooking: some recipe ideas

The taste of pomelo

The flavor of pomelo is acidic and sweet, it can also have a slightly bitter aftertaste.

How to choose the pomelo well?

A beautiful pomelo weighs on average 400g, it should be chosen with smooth, shiny and firm skin.

The choice of variety will depend on your tastes, the pomelo with pink or red flesh is sweeter while the pomelo with yellow flesh is rather tart.

How to store pomelo well?

It can be stored at room temperature for a week or ten days in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator.

How to cook pomelo?

The pomelo does not cook, so it should be consumed in juice, zest or simply in quarters or in slices.

It is easy to combine with carrots, celeriac, crustaceans and seafood. It is very easy to consume in fruit salad with other citrus fruits and dried fruits (hazelnuts, nuts, grapes …).

Little story of the pomelo

By abuse of language, we often speak of grapefruit to evoke the pomelo which is much more common on our European markets. Grapefruit is grown almost exclusively in Southeast Asia and is very difficult to find in Europe.

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