Melogold – A Pummelo (Pomelo) & Grapefruit Hybrid

(Last Updated On: April 10, 2012)

I am not stranger to citrus, but I have largerly ignored the grapefruit family. Maybe the bitterness that I associate with grapefruit has kept me away from it. But my wife has been on a grapefruit kick lately, so I decided to give it a try, sort of. I purchased a Melogold last week. It’s not a true grapefruit, it is a combination between a pomelo and a Marsh grapefruit. It was released on the market in 1986

It’s a good sized piece of fruit. My wife and I each shared a half. The flavor was pretty mild, but extremely juicy. After popping out all the segments, we were still able to squeeze each half to make a small glass of juice. This would make a great choice for juice making whether you are going to drink it directly our use it in a recipe. I don’t think I have had a piece of citrus that was this juicy, I have tried my fare share of citrus.

I read online that this was suppose to have no bitterness and heard the same thing in the grocery store from an employee. However I still felt there was some bitterness to it, more so than a standard pomelo, but not nearly as much as a typical grapefruit.

Melogold are available from about November to March, with the peak of the season being December to February. The one I purchased (at Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI) was grown in California and distributed by Ripe to You, one of my favorite citrus producers.