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How to cut a pomelo

  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Have you ever had pomelo? It is a tropical fruit from the citrus fruit family with incredibly and looks very similar to grapefruit, just slightly larger. Learn how to cut a pomelo with easy to follow step-by-step photos!



1 grapefruit, 1.5-2 pounds each


  1. On a cutting board, use a sharp knife to slice off the top part of the pomelo (the stem end of the pomelo.)
  2. Next, peel the rind off. Firmly hold the top of the pomelo with one hand, start where you have shaved off the top, and slice the knife through the outer peel. Slice it from the top to the bottom of the fruit. Leave 1-2 inches of spacing in between the pattern. Careful not to puncture through the flesh.
  3. Use your fingers to pull off the rind piece by piece. Also, the pith of the pomelo (the fibrous-like white part) can be thick, so use your fingers to peel it off in large pieces.
  4. Use your hands to break the fruit in half firmly. Using a knife cuts into flesh too much, and you'll lose some of the pomelo juice, the tastiest part of the fruit.
  5. Break the fruit into small pieces for easy peeling. Removing the flesh is easier if you peel the pith off in large pieces.
  6. Gently your fingers to remove the flesh of the pomelo into a bowl. Do your best to have large pieces intact. Taste it to see how delicious fresh pomelo is! They are so refreshing! Discard the pith and all the pomelo peel. That's it!


  • Grate the zest of the rind of the pomelo for baking and cooking. They are great for tarts and pies. Place the zest in ice cubes, and once frozen, store them in airtight containers for later use.
  • Ripe pomelos should be slightly tender to the touch but not overly soft. You can keep the ones still hard at room temperature for a few days before using them in cooking.
  • Do your best to remove all of the pith of a pomelo. They have a bitter taste that is not pleasant to bite into.
  • When cutting the pomelo, keep the bottom intact to make a "Pomelo crown" or hat for young kiddos. It's always a fun little project that brings giggles and smiles every time.
  • Store any leftover pomelo in an airtight container. They will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Fruit
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Thai

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