A little while ago, I asked the question, “What do you get when you cross a mandarin with a pomelo?” I had a lot of great answers from some of you here. Several people suggested this hybrid fruit might be a tangelo. That’s a very good guess, because the pomelo is one of the tangelo’s parents. But the other one is a tangerine. So this is not what we’re looking for.
A few people suggested grapefruit, which is also a good guess. The pomelo is also one of the parents of the grapefruit, another hybrid fruit in the citrus family. It’s really interesting, because a lot of people in North America aren’t even familiar with the pomelo fruit. I know I’ve certainly never tasted one or seen it sold at the grocery store.
A few people made up fun names for the hybrid fruit. I really liked “mangelo,” which made me think of the French verb manger, to eat. There was also “manelo” and “Pomerine.” This last one reminded me of the dog breed Pomeranian, LOL!
So what is actually the answer? Did you guess it right, as a couple of the people who commented?
The hybrid that results from a cross between a pomelo and a mandarin is the sweet orange. The botanical name of this complex hybrid is Citrus × sinensis. And it’s about 25% pomelo, but 75% mandarin.
Another complex hybrid that you may have been eating is a plumcot, or pluot. This fruit is a complex cross between a plum and an apricot, but in North America it is often sold as a plum. So you may have already tried it without realizing it!