our valentine pummelos

January 23, 2017

Hello all! It’s Ben here… citrus is my favorite fruit and Valentine pummelos give me more confidence in my declaration.

One type of citrus I don’t like is grapefruit. I wish I did; I just can’t stand the bitter taste. Ruby likes them, but whenever I’ve brought one home, she’s rarely eaten it. For these reasons, we don’t grow grapefruit.

Pummelos, on the other hand, while having some grapefruit-like flavors, are balanced with a lot more sweetness. The Valentine pummelo is a cross of a pummelo, a mandarin and a blood orange, according to the Citrus Variety Collection at UC Riverside. So you can see where the genetics come from.

This large fruit is called a Valentine pummelo because: (1) it’s typically ready to be harvested around Valentine’s Day (although we’ve been enjoying them since mid-December); and (2) because of its red pigmentation, it resembles a heart when halved length-wise, tapered end down.

While it’s easy to be spoiled by other seedless, easy-to-peel citrus varieties, the low acid, sweet (yet slightly tart) and floral flavors of a Valentine pummelo make it totally worth it!



6 comments on “our valentine pummelos”

  • jane says:

    Wow! They sound delicious + you’ve got breakfast somewhat sorted for the next couple of weeks! 🙂

    • Rubyellen says:

      Oh! I never thought about it for breakfast since my protein shake is pretty hefty already, but I may give it a try sometime.

  • Erin says:

    I’ve never heard of these, but they’re so pretty! I love their color inside and they sound delicious :p

  • Khanh says:

    Hi Ben, Your garden is lovely! is the valentine pummelos a climbing vine or tree form ? we see here that it’s climbing. Thank you for sharing, it’s very inspiring. Khanh

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