14p Pomelo (Citrus maxima) - Singles
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Popular Fruits of the Philippines - Pomelo (Citrus maxima)
From the outside the Pomelo fruit looks like a Melon of some kind.
The skin is surprisingly soft, and relatively easy to peel. Inside
The Philippines version of the Pomelo looks like a giant pink
Pomelo fruit is not bitter at all. The taste is certainly a part of
the citrus family but from the sweet variety. Pomelo fruit segments
are large, and break easily. But unlike its grapefruit cousins the
Pomelo segments stay intact.
Within each segment are strong pulpy cells that contain the sweet
citrus like flesh. It makes The Filipino Pomelo a very easy fruit to
eat. Although a little large for just one person.
Filipinos eat the Pomelo fruit with salt. But without salt it tastes
just great. A really good fruit to take on hikes or treks due to its
high level of water and ability to travel well.
A quarter of a Pomelo has 60 calories and provides 130% of the
Vitamin C recommended for the day. It is sodium, fat and cholesterol
free and is a source of potassium. The rind contains a high
amount of bioflavonoid which was found to stop cancer cells from
spreading in breast cancer patients by ridding the body of excess
estrogen. Pomelo juice, though acidic in taste, has an
alkaline reaction after digestion which makes it beneficial to the
digestive system. Pectin which is present in Pomelo is effective in
reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits. The high
content of Vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity
of arteries. The fat burning enzyme in Pomelo can help to
absorb and reduce the starch and sugar in the body thus aid in the
weight loss process. It is widely believed that Pomelo can
help relieve fatigue, diabetes, fever, insomnia, sore throat,
stomach and pancreatic cancer.