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The pomelo is a natural grapefruit-orange hybrid and, originating from the West Indies, is the only citrus fruit not native to Asia.
It is very new to European citrus orchards.It was first planted in Corsica in the early 1990s along with the red-fleshed Star Ruby grapefruit variety. Citrus fruits have been grown in Corsica for many years; the sunshine and mild winters of the island's eastern pastures have provided perfect growth conditions since ancient times.
The Corsican pomelo is a seedless fruit with yellow skin that is occasionally blushed an orange-red colour. The skin is smooth and thin; and its flesh pink to purple red.
It is very juicy and has a fragrant, sweet flavour, with gentle notes of acidity and no trace of bitterness.
Picked ripe from the tree and sold immediately without any post-harvest processing, the Corsican pomelo is only available at market from March until June. Some of the particularly exposed orchards start harvesting in February, though.
It has been granted INAO (National Institute of Origin and Quality) accreditation on account of its delicious taste and outstanding production methods and it obtained in 2014 a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), providing a guarantee of excellence and expertise.
Other citrus fruits grown in Corsica: the citron fruit, kumquat, orange and lemon...