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Pomello & Pomegranate in the Snow
A pomelo is the largest citrus fruit from the family Rutaceae and the principal ancestor of the grapefruit. It is a naturally occurring citrus fruit from Southeast Asia, not an industrial hybrid. I usually find them at my local farmer’s markets here in California.
To me, a pomelo tastes like a cross between an orange and a grapefruit. It’s a grapefruit that is sweet without adding sugar. So you can use grapefruit for this if you can’t find a pomelo.
The segments come out in pieces, don’t even try to take them out whole. It takes me 10 or 15 minutes to liberate a whole pomelo. They are big.
To liberate the sections of fruit from the whole pomelo takes some work, so to serve this to someone is really a gift and a labor of love. But I so enjoy eating pomelo that to me it is worth the work.
To serve, just put about a half cup of pomelo in a clear dish, top with a small handful of pomegranate arils, then sprinkle with unsweetened shredded coconut.
It’s beautiful and a perfect winter dish to have for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.
I put this in a clear glass bowl and it is just gorgeous. The pomegranate arils are like sparkling rubies and the coconut just makes it look like a winter day. This would be perfect for Winter Solstice morning to greet the returning sun.
And it will be an unusual treat for your family or guests. Something different!