I'm not sure if home grown are better than you can find in the stores. In
where I live (zone 7), these fruits are rare to find and rarely in the
Chinese store. I just found some recently in Costco and they're not as
mature as I want it as virtually no seeds inside. It would be nice to have
them in my garden and be available when I want to eat them..if they can grow
in my zone. I bought this big juicy mango from the grocery and is growing
( 7 feet now) from a seed in my backyard. It may not bear fruit but I will
take a chance.
Pummelo is a tropical or semi-tropical member of the citrus family related
to grapefruit. I doubt very much whether you could grow one successfully in
zone 7 - most citrus need a zone 9 or higher climate. I doubt the mango will
be very long-lived either.
Doug, FWIW, pummelos are delicious - very juicy and slightly sweeter than a
very good grapefruit (of which they are a parent species). I'd have to
assume that the one you tasted was insufficiently ripe. Hard to tell with
all that fleshy pulp and skin surrounding them. I love 'em, but eating one
is a complicated process to remove the flesh from all that thick wrapping
As an aside, pummelo reminds me of the French word for grapefruit, which is
pamplemousse. Don't know why but this strikes me a being a rather humorous
pam - gardengal
The one I got was at least 50% pulp around the outside, and cost $2.50. What
was left was about the size of a large orange! A waste of money compared to
a decent grapefruit, even out of season when they're marginal.
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