The pomelo is large - nay, huge - citrus fruit that grows in South-East Asia. We saw them growing when we were in the Mekong Valley in Vietnam, vast football-sized fruit with pale segments that look rather like grapefruit. Apparently - geeky fruit-fact of the day - the grapefruit is actually a result of a pomelo-orange cross. Who knew?!
I've always loved to try new fruits (although after the Durian episode perhaps I should be a little more careful..?!) but I have to admit that the first time I tried Pomelo I was a little disappointed. It's difficult to peel and has a thick white pith, and once you get to the segments they're strangely dry and uninspiring.
However, in the 6 months that I've now lived in Asia I have become a total convert. There's the amazing Thai Salad that I ate in Bangkok of course, but I've also developed a taste for them unadulterated by anything other than a very simple condiment...
I don't tackle them whole, but have discovered them ready peeled and segmented in some of the local supermarkets, and the tray of segments comes complete with a little bag of chili sugar!
That's right, dried chilis mixed with regular sugar. It's nothing short of a revelation to me. You just dip the pomelo slice into the sugar and it creates the most amazing taste sensation - sweet of course, but with a gentle kick of chili heat following on.
My new favourite snack!