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In France, pamplemousse, or grapefruit (Citrus ×paradisi), is often confused with its cousin and ancestor the pomelo (or pomélo), the Citrus Maxima, the biggest citrus fruit, which can weigh over four kilos and has a much thicker skin and generally sweeter fruit...

Pomelos were brought to Barbados from Asia by a Captain Shaddock in the 1640s. There they were known as shaddocks or ‘pomelos’, a word derived from their Dutch name, pompelmoes. The grapefruit was born there as a natural hybrid between the pomelo and orange and became known as ‘grapefruit’ because of the way it grew, in clusters like bunches of grapes.

Pomelo fruit with segments

Generally it’s much easier to find a pamplemousse than a pomelo in a French supermarket.

Fruit and nuts

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Diego, Ivar Leidus