Pomelo varieties

scottie_2009February 1, 2010

I'm living in Southern California and would like to know what kind of Pomelo is the best ( I mean the fruit is sweet) and is easy to grow in this climate. Thanks

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I like Chandler but haven't tried anything else. To me the fruit isn't real sweet but not sour. More just mild.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 2:00PM
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I have a Chinese Pumelo and an Oro Blanco grapefruit from 4Winds. They are both very sweet with low to no acidity and none of the bitter taste afterwards. The best way to decide which ones you would like to grow is to purchase the different varieties at the local store and compare them. To me that is the only way you can tell the difference between one and the other.


    Bookmark   February 3, 2010 at 12:13AM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

Chandler is the biggest, but not the best tasting to me. I like Red Shaddock, but Tahitian has moved to the top of my list and even into the top 5 list of all my citrus. Tahitian has a surprisingly thin skin for a pummelo, more like a grapefruit. It's very large, almost as big as Chandler, with a mildly tart/sweet flavor that has a hint of grape fruit or lemon but is light, refreshing and distinct. From the pummelo/shaddock family I have

African Shaddock
Red Shaddock
and Oro Blanco which is a hybrid.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2010 at 4:49AM
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Hey softmentor, would you be willing to trade some seeds?

    Bookmark   February 3, 2010 at 5:55PM
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The best tasting pomelo I ever tried, by far, was a Hirado buntahn. Supposedly from Indonesia, but the Vietnamese around here say it is exactly like those from their homeland. Dec. '08 there was a citrus tasting in Houston Heidi Shesely brought one and cut it up. The entire large room which held about 45 people became filled with this fantastic odor of delicious pumelo. It is slightly sheepnosed and when cut has a pale pinkish ring around the outside of the fruit with whitish colored center. Kind of like a wekiwa but larger and aromatic.

Number two is Chandler (Red). Number three AZ. Number four Siamese. Last two white.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 2:02AM
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I always feel so pedantic when I say it, and I think everyone here knows what is being discussed, so surely don't want to step on any toes. But just for the sake of correctness, and helpfulness in looking up literature, remember that "pomelo" is the old name for a grapefruit (C. paradisi). "Pummelo" is the shaddock, under discussion here (C. grandis or C. maxima). And "pumelo" is not a word describing citrus.

That being said, we grow Hirado Buntan, which I really like.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 7:03PM
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summer_fashion(z5 IN)

Is there anywhere in the U.S where I can buy Pomelo to grow,and also to eat? I think I'd like to try growing Pomelo. I live in Zone 5, can anyone tell me what is the best way to grow Pomelo in a cold area (Zone 5)?

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 1:07PM
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Andrew Scott

Hello Summerfashion,
I would recommend the Oro Blanco from Four Winds. Meyer Mike has a post on this fruit. He has been growing it in a similiar zone with great sucess. I bought one a few months ago and the size of the trees is great. I bet you could get a fruit to hole in a year. The blossoms are big and sweetly scented and best of all, if they are happy, they can flower more than once a year. I will be the first to admit that I thought Four Winds is expensive but the tree is well worth the cost. I have yet to try the fruit but I have heard that it is nice and sweet with no bitter after taste.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 5:24PM
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hello,is there anybody interested in China Pomelo? We have an orchard in Pinghe County,Fujian Province(located in the southeast of China).
Guanxi Pomelo is nice looking and taste,it's famous in China,hope you will also like it. ;)
Email: liviaji(at)xfart.com

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 3:23AM
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I do not think we can bring fruits or tree back into US. Had lived in HongKong for few years in the past, I really love that Chinese 'Honey Pomelo'. They were best during the Chinese New Year.
I had read from Dave's Garden that 'Chinese Grapefruit' at 4Winds is the same as Chinese Honey Pumelo. Will someone confirm that.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 1:59PM
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