Pomelo: mix of grapefruit and grapefruit

Pomelo

In addition to kiwis, pineapples, lemons, oranges and papayas, the fruit counters in Germany have been enriched with pomelo for an exotic fruit for several years. Pomelo, which originated in Israel in 1970, is a cross between grapefruit and grapefruit. All three fruits belong to the group of citrus fruits. The pomelo is a health-promoting fruit that contains many vitamins but few calories. When eating the pomelo, however, it should be noted that there may be interactions when taking certain medications.

Pomelos: Healthy and low in calories

Since the pomelo has few calories, it is perfect for a healthy snack. Depending on how sweet the exotic fruit is, 100 grams of pomelo have between 25 and 50 calories (kcal).

In terms of nutritional value, the high proportion of vitamin C is especially noteworthy: Per 100 grams, one pomelo contains approximately 41 milligrams of vitamin C. In addition, it contains large amounts of potassium, magnesium and phosphate.

Also positive is the high content of the bitter substance limonin, which stimulates the intestinal activity.

Pomelo: peculiarities of the exotic fruit

In the supermarket, the pomelo is usually easy to recognize that it is packed in a net. The exotic fruit has a pear-like shape and weighs between half and two kilograms. Their diameter can be up to 25 centimeters.

The peel of pomelo is light yellow to greenish and very thick. In October, when the pomelo season begins, there are also pink fruits, they are mostly from Israel. Other main growing areas of Pomelo are South Africa, Southeast Asia and China. From China, especially the so-called "honey pomelos" are imported.

5 facts about pomelos (infographic)

5 facts about pomelos - © luhaifeng279

How do you eat a pomelo?

Before eating, peel the pomelo and remove the white skin inside the fruit. To peel pomelo, it is best to go as an orange.

If the pomelo is ripe, the pulp tastes sweet inside, otherwise it may also have a slightly sour taste. Whether the pomelo tastes sweet or rather sour, a glance at the shell can reveal: Is this slightly shriveled, the fruit tastes honey sweet.

Once the pomelo has been peeled, the fruit can be consumed raw: it is well suited for fruit salads or for the morning cereal. They can also be made into juice or spreads. If you like it more exotic, you can also conjure a pomelo salad, as it is often offered in Asian cuisine.

Beware of hypotensive drugs

Similar to the grapefruit, pomelo is also warned against interactions with certain medications. However, many people are unaware that the consumption of pomelos can have undesirable consequences. The ingredients of pomelo include the bitter substance naringin, which is converted in the body to naringenin.

In combination with other ingredients naringenin has a hypotensive effect. With slightly elevated blood pressure, the consumption of a pomelo therefore initially has a positive effect. However, in conjunction with antihypertensive drugs, the fruity snack can cause significant problems, as it can lead to a sharp drop in blood pressure. Therefore pomelos and grapefruit should not be eaten, or only in small amounts, if appropriate medication is taken.

The breakdown products of naringin in the body ensure that a certain enzyme in the liver is blocked. Therefore, some drugs in the body are broken down more slowly than usual. This can lead to increased effects or side effects of these drugs. If you like to eat pomelos, you should clarify possible side effects with a doctor before taking any medication.

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