Melogold Grapefruit

December 29th, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you are the kind of person who would start the grapefruit diet and then proceed to cheat by eating the absolute biggest one you can find, then we should be friends and this is the fruit for you!
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Extremely large (6+ inches across) with yellowish green pebbly skin and pale yellow flesh (in that top picture over there it is the big one sitting behind a normal size grapefruit); weighs over two pounds. Not completely round as it has a bit of a squatty, mountain top shape to it.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Perfumy and sweet grapefruit fragrance.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Juicy! with little soft pockets of flesh; very few seeds.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Only the slightest bit of acidity at the very first taste that mellows into complicated and lovely grapefruit flavor.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I have such a hard time with fruit that is gigantic. I just have a bias toward small, cute, little nibbles. Don’t get me wrong, I love things with ridiculous proportions, in fact the more ridiculous the better. But if its just BIG, then my response is usually – eh. I liked this grapefruit well enough, but after going through my ritual of cutting it in half, cutting between the membranes and scooping out a bite, I had to then take it to the cutting board and slice the “bite” in to three more bites. RITUAL RUINED. Then after I was full from the “one” bite, I had no idea what to do with the rest of it. I ate it every day for a week.

FRUIT

Grapefruit

VARIETY

Melogold

PEAK

Winter

ORIGIN

UC Riverside
California

GROWN

Unknown

PURCHASED

Asian Market

NOTES

The melogold is a cross between a pummelo and a grapefruit, developed at University of California, Riverside in the 1950s. On a more important note, grapefruits can be used to cure nail fungus. What? You don’t want to hear about nail fungus on a fruit blog? You just think about how sorry you would be the next time you got a nail fungus if I held back this information. You are welcome. So I was thinking with this humongous grapefruit maybe you could just do some sort of foot soak. Just cut it in half and stick your toes in each half. Yeah, so I just saved you $50 at the spa and cured your disgusting foot problem. Oh the value I am offering the world is just growing exponentially.

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