This is a pic of my friend Hawaiian Brian's laden pomelo tree.
Brian's Pomelo Tree
BTW, any guesses as to what is the green vine growing up the tree on the left-hand side of this pic? I'll tell you at the end of the post. (Hint: Brian likes orchids)
Brian's Pink Pomelos
Pomelo (pronounced "pom-EH-loh" although I prefer "PAW-meh-loh"). Also called jabong, Chinese grapefruit, pummelo, shaddock, or bu-look (that's the word my family in Hawaii used to refer to this fruit). It originated in Malaysia but is grown throughout the tropics, including Hawaii. Their size ranges from grapefruit to basketball. It is the largest of all citrus, hence the Latin name Citrus maxima.
They are normally in season during the winter, along with a lot of other citrus. We see a lot of pomelos on sale here during Chinese New Year (January/February). But Brian's pomelo tree has ripe fruit right now, in the middle of summer . I guess when you live in the tropics, "seasons" don't really matter much. Either that, or Brian has such a green thumb that he can get any plant to fruit whenever he likes!
When ripe, the outside skin is yellow. Inside is a thick layer of soft, spongy rind, which can easily be peeled away. The skin around each section is tough and bitter, and normally not eaten. The flesh itself is much like a grapefruit, but not as tart.
The flesh can vary from pale yellow to fully pink. Brian's pomelo seems to be a mixture of the two, which makes for a beautiful looking fruit.
Brian's Pink Pomelos
We peeled his pomelos open, and found that there were quite a lot of seeds. The flesh was so sweet and juicy, though. We could not control ourselves as we separated the flesh. Peel, divide a section, and drop one half on the plate and pop the other half in our mouths. Repeat. Too bad we couldn't bring any of Brian's pink pomelos home with us to San Jose!
This post was submitted to the August 2008 CLICK photo event.
Oh, btw, that vine you see growing up Brian's pomelo tree? It's a vanilla orchid. Yep, that's right. That crazy cat is growing his own vanilla beans. How cool is that?