During the past couple of years i've developed a serious attachment to pomelos (aka pummelo, shaddock, "Chinese grapefruit").
Since moving back to Toronto six months ago, i haven't been able to find a reliable source for them. The range of quality, price, and style of the fruit has been highly variable.
I prefer the whiter flesh style to the pink "red pomelos" marketed by Sunkist and available in many grocery stores. Red pomelos seem to be gaining popularity, but i find their flavour less subtle and more similar to factory farmed grapefruit.
Does anyone have recommendations for buying quantities of around 8 per week? Have you found consistently good quality at a price of $3 or less? I know some schools sell cases of fresh citrus for fundraising, but i don't know of anyone selling pomelos...
Here are my recent forays:
-chinatown: tried several from the fruit stores on the west side of spadina just north of Dundas. they were very dry and chock full of seeds
-kensington market: several greengrocers that i regularly frequent don't carry them
-kitchen table: in forest hill village, have some of the best pomelos i've had, wrapped in plastic. at $4 and up, they're rather pricey for my family's current consumption of 8+ per week.
-Loblaws: only periodically available at st.clair & bathurst, and expensive @ $4.00
no frills, highland farms, costco: standard price of $3; variable quality, usually sunkist red pomelos.
I'm more than happy to buy in larger quantities or travel within the GTA if it's worth the trip.
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