If there’s a fruit that embraces the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas” then it’s the Pomelo (or Pummelo or Shaddock). The Pomelo is the direct ancestor of the grapefruit but it can be as big as 4 pounds, with some samples even reaching the size of basketballs. Due to its size and thick skin, it hasn’t become as popular as the grapefruit, but it still has its fanbase and is still being farmed to this day.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Sapindales
- Family: Rutaceae
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: C. maxima
- Binomial name: Citrus maxima
- Its scientific name, citrus maximus means “big citrus” in English.
- The pomelo is the largest citrus fruit.
- Flowers from the pomelo tree is used in the perfume industry to create citrus scent notes.
- The pomelo has long been used to treat conditions like cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue, insomnia, and multiple gastrointestinal disorders.