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POMELO (Citrus grandis, Citrus maxima)

 

Also known as Chinese grapefruit, pompelmous, pommelo, pumelo or shaddock.

 

Pomelo Citrus grandis citrus maxima

The pomelo is a large, exotic and citrus fruit, thought to be an ancient ancestor of the grapefruit, is grown in many Eastern countries including China, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.

Regular consumption of pomelo can enhance the immune system and help prevent and treat bacterial and viral infections such as colds, influenza and urinary tract infections. There are enzymes in the pomelo fruit help to fortify the skin and initiate faster wound recovery, helping the skin to repair itself. Regular consumption of this fruit can decrease the clustering of melanin granules thus reducing brown spots and pigmentation. It can also decrease sebum production in the skin to reduce acne, spots and pimples. Pomelo is also good for healthy strong hair and can help to treat adrenal fatigue which can cause hair loss.

This highly nutritious citrus fruit contains a high amount of beta-carotene and vitamin B9 (folic acid) which makes it highly beneficial for pregnant women. It is also a rich source of dietary fibre, flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamin C and the B complex of vitamins.

 

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Nutritional value of pomelo per 100 grams

  • Calcium 4 mg

  • Calories 38

  • Fat 40 mg

  • Fibre 1 g

  • Iron 0.11 mg

  • Magnesium 6 mg

  • Phosphorous 17 mg

  • Potassium 216 mg

  • Protein 760 mg

  • Sodium 1 mg

  • Vitamin A 8 UI

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 0.034 mg

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 0.027 mg

  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) 0.220 mg

  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 0.036 mg

  • Vitamin C 61 mg

  • Water 89.10 g

  • Zinc 0.08 mg

Pomelo fruit can be eaten raw or made into jams and jellies. Slice the fruit horizontally into two halves and scoop out the flesh using a spoon. It makes is a good addition to salads, desserts and sorbets. The skin of the this fruit can be to make marmalade.

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