Large tropical fruits from the citrus family began to appear in our stores not so long ago, but the Russians have already managed to appreciate their benefits and remarkable unusual taste.
He came from China, and in the 17th century he came to the West Indies and then to South and Central America. Citrus has been imported to Europe from the American continent.
The fruits of this fruit can reach a diameter of 30 cm, and weigh several kilograms. True, in our stores you will not see such copies. Pomelo has a yellow or green peel, and the flesh may be white, pink or yellow. The shape of the fruit also varies from spherical to pear-shaped.
This citrus carries a lot of benefits for our body. It contains a huge variety of vitamins, as well as essential oils to strengthen the immune system, potassium for the best work of the heart muscle and limonoids, which prevent the occurrence of cancer.
How to choose the right pomelo?
In order to get both pleasure and benefit from eating this fruit, to keep it for a long period of time, you need to know how to choose citrus. Here are some tips.
- For starters, pay attention to color. It should be uniform, without spots and black points. If the color of citrus is red or maroon brown, it is not worth taking it. This appearance speaks of a disease of the fetus, which is not dangerous for humans, but makes the fruit much less tasty.
- Be sure to smell the broom upon purchase. Ripe specimens have a bright orange, grapefruit or pine needles, depending on the variety.
- When choosing a fruit, feel its skin. It should be evenly thick, without growths and hardened places. Such defects indicate non-compliance with storage conditions during ripening and make citrus dry and tasteless. On the top of the fruit, the peel is always somewhat denser than on the sides and “bottom”.
To save pomelo at home is very easy.
Storage at room temperature
- Due to its thick peel, a pomelo without loss of freshness can even lie at a temperature of + 20 ° C for about a month if fresh fruit is provided with fresh air. Hermetic packaging is contraindicated.
- When stored outside the refrigerator, it is imperative that the fetus be protected from exposure to sunlight, which contributes not only to fast drying, but also to deterioration of the product.
- It is not recommended to store pomelo near other fruits, such as apples, which accelerate the ripening process.
- To increase the storage time of citrus and reduce its loss of juiciness, it is recommended to cover its skin with a thin layer of vegetable oil or wrap the fruit in paper.
Storage at low temperatures
- In the refrigerator or in a cool room, the shelf life increases to 2-4 months depending on the temperature: the lower it is, the faster the fruit will dry.
- The optimum temperature for storing pomelo is in the range of 0 to +8 ° C.
- A peeled fruit can easily remain in the fridge for several days. However, when stored in this form, it quickly loses juiciness and becomes much less useful and tasty. In order to prevent losses as much as possible, it is better to pack a peeled fruit into a plastic container or food film.
- Like any tropical guest, pomelo does not tolerate negative temperatures, so you should not freeze it. The fruit will lose its consistency and unique taste.
The peel of pomelo is very thick and makes up almost a third of the total weight of the fruit. Serious housewives do not throw away this storehouse of vitamins, but prepare unusual and very tasty jam from it:
- the peel is soaked for 5 days, replacing water twice a day;
- boil twice, each time in fresh water;
- chilled crusts sprinkled with sugar and left overnight;
- add one and a half glasses of water and boil three times for 20 minutes.