A great pomelo definitely ranks high on my list of the top 5 fruits, ever! :) While bad pomelo is almost evil. :( I can eat an entire plate full of pomelos if they are sweet and juicy and peeled for me, and trust me, proper peeling is a serious skill I have never managed to acquire. Pomelos have tons of fiber and aren’t that high in calories, so an excellent snack food. Think of it as a much better tropical relative of a grapefruit. But much better. A good friend was just recently in Davao, and brought us some of the BEST POMELOS I have had this year. SPECTACULAR pomelos that were a real treat…
I usually get our pomelos from a suki at the FTI-AANI Saturday market, and I would say they average a 7.5/10.0 over the year. Sometimes she has great ones, other times, real lemons. They are one of those fruits that you simply cannot tell without peeling them if they are “good” or “bad”. Since I buy 4-5 pomelos as a time, I have taken to peeling one before I buy the others, which has improved my hit rate just a bit. But what I would give for a steady monthly supply of fabulous pomelos like the ones in these photos… Pomelos traditionally peak from November to January, but for some reason, they are now available some 9 months out of the year, often of dubious quality. So that we got these spectacular pomelos in April was really a nice surprise!
These particular pomelos were labeled with the “VIC” stickers. Not sure which farm grows them, but these, along with pomelos from Nenita Farms, are the house favorites. If folks from Davao (Millet? :) are aware of purveyors who will ship pomelos by the box airfreight to Manila, or who distribute wholesale in Manila, please leave a comment, as I would love to have a good source… I used to have a source many years ago but I think they stopped selling pomelos. For more info and trivia about pomelos, click on this old post I wrote several years back.