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2016, December 8.  Popular Fruits of the Philippines

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf 13.5

Singles, Sheets of  100





14p  Pomelo (Citrus maxima) - Singles  (1,500,000)



First Day Covers:  Manila



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 grapefruit.

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.





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