By Naini Setalvad November 2013 Popularly called the king of citrus fruits, pomelos are packed with goodness and add an extra zing to your food Ever wondered what those gigantic mosambis in your fruitwallah’s cart are? They are called pomelos, papanas, or chikotru. Pomelo is also known as the king of the citrus fruit kingdom. The texture, taste and seeds of each variety are different from other. Pomelos are packed with goodness. From the outside, they look like huge lemons. From the inside, however, pomelos vary in colour. The most commonly found in our country is usually pinkish inside. Other varieties include white to yellow-coloured flesh. They grow in abundance in the Ganges belt from Rishikesh to eastern India. They are also grown in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and other parts of India. Pomelos are mostly available throughout the year. Choose fruit that is heavy and firm. The quality of the outer skin does not affect the taste. Pomelo is invigorating. boosts flagging spirits, and increases stamina according to some scientists. It is an excellent fruit for those wanting to lose weight as it satisfies hunger, and speeds up the breakdown of fats and proteins in the body. Like all fruits, pomelos are cooling with natural sugar and salts, making it ideal for consumption in the summer. The pomelo is a citrus fruit, which means it is a great source of Vitamin C. It builds up immunity, and helps to maintain the health of our arteries. It is also easy to digest and being high in fibre, keeps our systems clean. And if you need one more reason to eat it, think glowing skin and shiny hair, along with improved eyesight. Pomelos are also extremely high in flavanoids and antioxidants which are not only helpful in combating all kinds of cancers, but also get rid of various toxins caused by free radical damage. In addition, the fruit helps prevent urinary tract infection. It also promotes fast healing of wounds, teeth and gums and prevents anemia, osteoporosis, leg cramps, cold and flu. The skin of the fruit is very rich in bioflavonoid, which helps to reduce pancreatic, intestinal and breast cancer and also prevents cancerous cells from spreading further. The fruit has proved to be effective for diabetes, insomnia, fever, and sore throat. The juice of pomelo has an alkaline reaction on the body which helps digestion. It also contains pectin which has been proven to be effective in reducing accumulation of arterial deposits in the body, while cleaning out the whole system and removeing all impurities. It also helps to reduce cholesterol in the body, stabilise blood pressure and prevent atherosclerosis. The pomelo is a versatile fruit and lends itself well to all types of salads. It goes particularly well with all kinds of lettuce, adding that extra zing to the dish. You could also eat it the way you eat your orange – cut, peel and pop the segments in your mouth. When dipped into a bit of black salt, the flavour is irresistible. You could also blend it to make a juice, but ensure that you do not strain it to retain the fibre content. It is however, always advisable to eat your fruit, rather than drink it. The nutritional value of 100 grams pomelo is 9.62g of carbohydrates, 1g of dietary fibre, 0.04g fats, 0.76g of proteins, 61 mg of vitamin C, 0.11mg of iron, 6mg of magnesium, 0.017mg of phosphorus, 216mg of potassium, 1mg of sodium and 0.08mg of zinc. Pomelo Sprout Salad Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil Juice of half a lime 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves 50 grams beans sprouts 1 pomelo peeled and segmented salt and freshly ground black pepper 50 grams of toasted cashewnuts Method In a bowl whisk together the oil, lime juice, salt, pepper, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Add the bean sprouts and pomelo segments and toss together. To serve, spoon the salad onto a plate and sprinkle cashewnuts over it. Pomelo Coconut Salad Ingredients 4 tbsp chopped mint leaves 1 pomelo peeled and segmented 1 green chilli finely chopped 3 tablespoons grated coconut salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Method In a bowl mix all the ingredients. Chill and serve Pomelo Sesame Salad Ingredients 1 pomelo peeled and segmented 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds 3 tablespoons grated coconut salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Method for the rice In a bowl mix all the ingredients. Chill and serve.
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