Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fruits of the Week

Pomelo.

This fruit is often part of the Moon Festival celebration. This is the time of year when the Pomelo is freshest. It is a little bigger than a grapefruit, with a similar fruit. It is customary to extract the fruit in such a was as to preserve the skin for a hat!

We received two fresh pomelo's from our Chinese teacher. She wrote our names in Chinese as well as a Moon Festival message on each.


The first step in eating a Pomelo is to cut off the top of the fruit. Though the fruit is more of an oblong shape, the fruit is actually a round shape like an orange.


Next, you cut 3 or 4 slices down the sides of the skin. Be sure not to cut all the way into the fruit, only cut the skin.


Once you've cut your slits, pull the skin away from the fruit.


Finally, pull the fruit completely out of the skin. Now you can begin to peal the fruit away from the pulp and enjoy.

The fruit is similar to that of an orange or a grapefruit, though it's much sweeter. The pulp however is very bitter, making it quite difficult to eat. Maybe this is why they only eat the fruit once a year!

It is important that you sport the Pomelo hat while you're eating this delicious fruit!

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