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The Humble Pummelo

Today was a day of shopping, for myself and for blood relatives and so. shellyinseattle and I decided to skip the crowds and went to Pioneer Square, where the shops ranged from quiet to bubbling but not overrun. We stopped in for lunch at The Green Papaya, where I learned of the existence of a great fruit, the pumello (Citrus grandis or Citrus maxima), which they offered as a pumello salad. The bowl they serve it in is the outer rind of the fruit, so huge points to Green Papaya on presentation alone. The individual fruits can weigh up to 20 pounds each, and the salad was big enough for two.

Pumello is a citrus fruit the color of pale lime and the size of a small volleyball. Think giant radioactive mutant grapefruit. The flesh is like a grapefruit, but without the acid bite. While it would be a perfect summer fruit, they are in season November through March, and are especially popular for Chinese New Year. According to What's Cooking America, "The Chinese believe the delectable Pummelo is a sign of prosperity and good fortune - good things will happen if they eat it."

Mmmmm. Pummelo.


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Nov. 28th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, I discovered Pumello when I lived in Vancouver and love it fo the same reasons you list. Mmmmm.

The Green Papaya is a great place, Chris and I have had great luck dropping in for good meals there more than once. It's one of those restaurants we never plan to go to but are always happy to end up at.
Nov. 28th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
oh, i love the Green Papaya. beyond the excellent food, the ginger martinis are addictive. pommelos have never done much for me, but i don't love the humble grapefruit.
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