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Chinese Grapefruit Pomelo Variety

Postby Brian » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:21 am

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Does anyone know what the actual name is of the Pomelo Four Winds sells as Chinese Grapefruit. I have one that is fruiting for the first time.

Re: Chinese Grapefruit Pomelo Variety

Postby mmorozov » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:41 pm

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Did you figure it out? Which variety are they selling?

The description "yellow pear-shaped fruit" matches Mato Buntan variety, which I have fruiting. My fruit is ripe in January in San Diego. The rind thickness is medium, probably even on a thin side for a pomelo. The seeds are numerous, each section has 8-10 seeds which are "spooning" each other and form continuous "seed plank" near the center. The pulp is on the dry side, but quite sweet, when ripe with a slight hint of bitterness. Bitterness is more pronounced when the fruit is not ripe. It smells like perfume and tastes like perfume.

If Four Winds has a different variety, I'd buy it. But if it is the same Mato Buntan, I would not want the second tree. I couldn't find too many references to other pomelos that are pear shaped and yellow.

Re: Chinese Grapefruit Pomelo Variety

Postby Richard_Primbs » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:45 am

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I'm curious to hear how the fruit turns out.

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