New food Friday: Pomelo and Chayote

Just a quick post to share with you some new foods I tried this week: Pomelo and Chayote squash. I love spotting new produce at the grocery store and usually don’t hesitate to bring it home before figuring out what to do with it. After asking around on twitter what the heck a Pomelo is, everyone said to eat it like a grapefruit. The pomelo I bought was the size of a bowling ball – much larger than a grapefruit. But when I started to peel it, I noticed the pith was about 1” thick! The citrus fruit underneath all that was about the same size as a grapefruit, and tasted very similar , but slightly less sour than a grapefruit.

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Our friend was staying with us and when he saw all that pomelo rind on our counter, looking like we just had a Pomelo massacre in our kitchen, he said it reminded him of this pomelo fan photo:

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I just about died laughing. I’m not a huge cat fan, but a cat in a fruit hat fan? Yes I am.

Next up was this chayote squash I found at whole foods:

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Truth be told, I bought it just because it’s funny looking, like a sourpuss mouth. The squash is firm and when you cut it open, it looks like a green apple, without the core and seeds. There is a thin core I cut out, diced my chayote, and tossed it into a stir fry. Usually when I have a new veggie and want to try it in the most simple way, I just combine it with other familiar veggies in a stir fry. This typically works well for me, but I don’t think my stir fry idea was the best one. It was a little too crunchy and firm with the other softer veggies I used like bell peppers and snap peas. But it has a mild taste, like a crunchier zucchini, and next time I’ll try it in some new recipes, like this Mexican Veggie Soup.

Hope you have a great weekend! Let me know if you try any new foods. I’m off to NYC – a little snow can’t stop me – for my batchelorette party weekend! I have no idea what we have planned, but knowing my sister and friends, it’s going to be off the charts. I can’t wait!

6 Comments

  1. Posted January 21, 2011 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    I actually had my first pomelo last week and Ive been obsessed with them ever since!

  2. Posted January 21, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Have a great time in NYC! I’m actually headed there this weekend as well!

  3. Janel
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Have fun in NYC Michelle! Hope it’s an easy trip there for you!

  4. Posted January 21, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I definitely recommend going the soup or stew route with Chayote — it acts like a natural thickener, kind of like Okra, so soup is the perfect medium for this tasty veggie!

  5. Janel
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Ohh good to know about it acting as a thickener. It is definitely better suited for a hearty soup or stew – thanks!

  6. Posted January 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Okay, Ive seen that photo everywhere and had NO idea what fruit it was. Glad you could decipher that for me!!

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