Pomelo

Fresh red whole and half pomelo fruit

Citrus maxima

Pomelo (Wikipedia)

Pomelo
Pomelo fruit.jpg
Pomelo In Village.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Sapindales
Family:Rutaceae
Genus:Citrus
Species:
C. maxima
Binomial name
Citrus maxima
Cluster of flower buds
Pomelo flowers
Pomelo tree in southern Vietnam

The pomelo (/ˈpɒməl/), pummelo (/ˈpʌməl/), or in scientific terms Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis, is the largest citrus fruit from the family Rutaceae and the principal ancestor of the grapefruit. It is a natural, i.e., non-hybrid, citrus fruit, native to Southeast Asia. Similar in taste to a sweet grapefruit, the pomelo is commonly consumed and used for festive occasions throughout Southeast Asia. Like the grapefruit, the pomelo has the potential for drug interactions.

Pomelo (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • pommelo, pummelo, pomelow, pummaloe, pummelow
  • (obsolete): pomello, pomolo, pumelo

Etymology

Of uncertain etymology, though possibly a variant of earlier pampelmoes, from French, Dutch, Portuguese sources ultimately equivalent to "thick lemon" or transcribing the Tamil பம்ப ளிமாசு (pampa ḷimācu, big citrus). Alternatively, possibly from pome (apple) + melon or some cognate; though such a compound is currently unattested, some early variant

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