Pomelo Health Benefits, Nutrition and Fruit Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Pomelo Fruit

  • Prevent Cancer

    The rind of pomelo is rich in bioflavonoid. Studies have shown that bioflavonoid in the fruit eliminates extra estrogen in the body and halts breast cancer cells from spreading. Pomelo rind is commonly used in Chinese cooking to add flavor to dishes.
  • Fight Cold and Flu

    Pummelo is an excellent source of vitamin C, supplying 193% of RDA. This potent antioxidant vitamin helps improve the body's immune system to protect you from common cold and influenza.
  • Assist in Weight Loss

    Pommelo contains loads of dietary fiber. Foods high in dietary fiber make you feel full longer and require more chewing time, thereby able to reduce the intake of food. The fat burning enzyme in the fruit also promotes food absorption and lowers the starch and sugar in the body.
  • Reduce Blood Pressure Levels

    Like banana, avocado and guava, pomelo has a good amount of potassium. This essential mineral plays an important role to regulate blood pressure levels and therefore beneficial to people with hypertension.
  • Get Rid of Arterial Deposits

    Abundant with pectin, pummelo juice is capable of clearing the arterial deposits accumulated in the body, thereby reducing the impurities.
  • Constipation Aids

    Pommelo is full of dietary fiber, a vital compound that is useful to promote regular bowel movements, effectively protect you against hemorrhoids and lower the risk of colon cancer.
  • Alkalize the Body

    Research has shown that an alkaline body is less prone to getting various common diseases. Like lemon, pomelo juice has an alkaline effect after digested, thereby having therapeutic value to your body.
  • Other Health Properties

    According to an article published in Asian Age, pomelo fruit is able to cure fever, treat coughs, relieve sore throats and is a natural remedy for insomnia.

Facts about Pomelo Fruit

Fresh Raw Green Pomelos on Tree

The pomelo (scientific name Citrus maxima or Citrus grandisis) is the largest among citrus fruits. It is cultivated across Malaysia, Fiji, New Guinea, Tahiti and other Asian countries. The fruit is sometimes known as pummelo, pommelo, jabong or shaddock.

Pomelo fruit is bigger than a grapefruit, has a thick skin and the pulp is sweet. Actually, the grapefruit is the natural hybrid of the orange and pomelo, while the tangelo is the hybrid of the tangerine and pomelo. Pomelo fruit has the shape of a pear and can grow to 30 cm in diameter and weigh up to 10 kg.

When fully ripe, the rind of pomelo fruit turns yellowish green and the flesh becomes mild pink. Pomelo trees grow well in tropical regions. However, some of them also grow pretty successfully in the milder climates, such as in California, San Diego and Florida.

Pomelo Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutritional Value of 1 cup (190 g) Raw Pomelo (Sectioned)
Calories 72 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars - g
Protein 1 g

Pomelo Recipe

Pomelo Salad Recipe

Serve: 8
Ingredients: Dressing:
1 pomelo fruit, peeled, skinned and pulp removed 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1 bell pepper, diced 2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 shallots, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons honey
2 stalks scallions, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon brown sugar
4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients, mix well and put aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the pomelo pulp, bell peppers, shallots and scallions.
  3. Pour the dressing over, garnish with cilantro and serve.

Pomelo Side Effects

Pomelos may interact with certain medicines. If you are on medications and would like to take pomelo, consult your doctor.

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