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How to Peel a Pomelo

A pomelo is a giant citrus fruit. It tastes a lot like grapefruit, but less bitter [1]. In order to get to that sweet flesh, however, you have to cut and peel past a very thick rind, and the bitter membranes that separate each slice.


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    Cut a "cap" off of one end of the pomelo. The knife should cut about 1/2 an inch into the rind.
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    Cut vertical slices down the sides of the pomelo. Again, cut about 1/2 an inch into the rind. Pull the slices off the fruit. Dig your fingers underneath the slice at the top (where you cut the cap) and pull each one firmly away. It feels almost like working with styrofoam.
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    Pull the bottom of the "rind flower" off of the fruit. You'll be left with a much smaller fruit, covered in white membrane.
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    Find the end of the pomelo with the dimple.
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    Put your fingers in the hole and pull the fruit apart. It should start breaking into slices. Some force (prying) is required. You can make this easier by cutting away some of the tough membrane surrounding the fruit, but this isn't necessary, and you risk cutting into the flesh (which is not good if you want neat slices).
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    Pull away the membrane that surrounds each slice. It helps a lot to cut the membrane that runs along the center of the fruit, and the membrane at each end--that way, all you have left are "flaps" between each slice.
    • The membrane along the bottom of the slice (exterior of the fruit) will be hard to remove, and is better left on the flesh if you want the slices to stay intact.
    • Otherwise, pull the flesh away from the membrane in chunks and direct those chunks into your mouth, or Make Thai Pomelo Salad With Grilled Prawns.
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  • You might feel a tingling sensation on the tip of your tongue. This is not something to be alarmed about.
  • You can really cut the rind off any way you want, so feel free to experiment.
  • One fruit is enough for 2-4 people.
  • In North America, pomelos are in season from mid-January to mid-February.[2]

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