Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How to eat a pomelo in eight easy steps

The following originally appeared nearly three years ago, and since then, it continues to be one of the most popular posts on this blog. In honor of Tu B’Shvat, I figured a repost was in order. (You can also see more of the fruit in TRLEOOB* here and here.)

The Our Shiputzim Step-By-Step Guide to Eating a Pomelo

As always, please feel free to click on the pictures for a better view.

Step 1: Head on over to your nearest pomelo tree:


Step 2: Pick a ripe pomelo:


Step 3: Bring the fruit inside; wash well; and use a knife to score the skin:IMG_3165

Step 4: Start removing the thick peel:

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Step 5: Continue peeling…IMG_3175 (2)

Step 6: …Until all the skin has been removed:

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Step 7: Split open the fruit and separate trumot u’ma’asrot (CYLOR for details):IMG_3185 (2)Step 8: Eat only the sweet yellow flesh - NOT the bitter membranes between the segments:

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!ט”ו בשבט שמח

Happy Tu B’Shvat!


*TRLEOOB=the real life equivalent of our blog



  1. OK.... You LITERALLY made my mouth water!

  2. Thanx for sharing, in my neck of the woods we don't have fruits growing on trees, we have to go to the local store oh well I guess one more reason to make an Aliyoh.

  3. You take the terumot and ma'asrot on each individual fruit? Can't you take it on the crop you gather from the tree?

  4. G6 - You're invited anytime! :-)

    Yekke Wannabe - Very true! As it says in Al HaMichyah:
    והעלינו לתוכה ושמחינו בבנינה ונאכל מפריה ונשבע מטובה ונברכך עליה בקדושה ובטהרה

    Leora - That would be wonderful! And you can have more than just a taste...:-)

    Ariella - Can't you take it on the crop you gather from the tree?
    Absolutely, but in this case, we only picked a single pomelo. BTW, thanks for inspiring this post with your comment on my original citrus fruit post... :-)

  5. My pleasure. It's nice to hear I inspired something positive.

  6. They look wonderful! Whatever it is that you're doing to that tree - don't stop!

  7. Here we get lovely green grapefruit that come from Israel; nice and sweet. But the pomelos sadly come from China.

  8. Pomelos are divine, and most of the time worth the effort of peeling them!

  9. Ariella - First YZG's literary masterpiece and now this post. You're on a roll... :-)

    Toby - Whatever it is that you're doing to that tree
    Two words: benign neglect. We don't bother the tree, and it doesn't bother us... :-)

    Ilana-Davita - If it has green skin, it's probably a pomelit (aka a "Jaffa sweetie"), not a grapefruit. A pomelit is a cross between a grapefruit and a pomelo...

    Miriyummy - LOL! :-)

  10. You are right. I ggogled "jaffa sweetie" and the pictures definitely efature the fruit I meant. Thanks for enlighting me. The French name is "pamplemousse vert" hence my mistaking it for grapefruit.
    You are quite the expert on fruit!

  11. Ilana-Davita - I can see why it's called a "green grapefruit" in French. After all, "Jaffa sweetie" is a ridiculous name, and "pomelit" (i.e. pomelah+eshkolit = פומלה+אשכולית = pomelo+grapefruit) would make no sense to someone who doesn't speak Hebrew.

    Shabbat Shalom!


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