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Rutaceae Citrus grandis (L.) Osbeck

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Pummelos (see citrus fruits.) are important fruits in the Orient, but only scattered trees are found in the United States. Quality of the fruit has been disappointing in this country as compared to that of grapefruit, which the pummelo resembles. The fruit is oblate to globose in shape and of large size, 4 to 7 inches, or more, in diameter. Rind generally thick one-half inch or more. Juice vesicles separate from peel and segment fibers readily. Not grown commercially in the United States, except for a small production of the variety Tresca in Florida, where it is marketed as grapefruit.

Season, bloom to harvest: Similar to grapefruit.

Production in U.S.: None commercially. Scattered individual trees.

Use: Mainly eaten as fresh fruit where grown.

Part of fruit consumed: Interior juice vesicles.

Last update February 19, 1999 by ch