Following from the last post and now knowing all the health benefits of the pomelo, it would be a waste not to try and make something from this great fruit. Apart from the flesh of the pomelo which can be peeled and eaten as it is, mixed into salads, or as a side accompaniment, it is the outer skin that we use to make a sweet pomelo tea.
This tea is very popular in Korea and China and due to its high vitamin c content, it is used as a remedy for colds, coughs, headaches, and other ailments due to lowered immunity.
This is one tried and tested version of this beautiful fruity tea.
1. remove the pomelo skin from the flesh of the fruit. The best way to have the skin would be something similar to this.
2. keep 3 or 4 segments of the fruit aside to use later, while the rest you can eat at your pleasure.
3. prepare a pot of water with about 2 tablespoons of salt and add boiling water. add a little cool water to lower the temperature of the water.
4. once water has cooled down to about 70 degrees celsius, drop the pomelo skin to soak in the water making sure that the skin is covered. leave to soak for a few hours or overnight. this is to remove the waxy layer of the skin and reduce the bitterness.
5. take some ordinary salt and scrub the skin of the pomelo, then remove from the salt water. rinse the skin as thoroughly as possible. the more you soak and scrub the skin, the less bitter the final tea will taste.
6. pat dry the skin and carefully with a knife, remove as much of the thick white (pith) part of the skin away from the outer yellow/green layer. The width of the skin at this point should be about 5mm thick.
7. slice the skin into thin strips of about 3mm thick and however long you can get them to be.
8. put the sliced strips into a cooking pot. add water so it covers the content of the pot over 3 cm. bring mixture to a boil a few times whilst stirring. pour away the hot water and rinse the skin with cool water.
9. using the saved fruit segments, break up the flesh and mix into the pot. at this point it is possible to squeeze the juice of a lemon or lime into the mixture just to add more zest to the flavour. see here. then, add as much or little honey and brown sugar as you would like. it is better to add less now and more later if required. cover the mixture with 5 cm of water.
10. heat mixture and bring to a boil about 5 times. continue to stir the mixture during intervals.
11. if water has evaporated, add more water to cover mixture. let mixture simmer for about half an hour on a medium heat with a half cover. continue to watch the pot and make sure that the water never goes too low.
12. at this point, carefully taste the mixture to see if the required sweetness has been achieved, if not then add more honey and sugar.
13. let the mixture simmer on a slightly lower heat with less water. at this point the mixture should become a little thicker and syrupy like this
14. continue to watch over the mixture and stir on a low heat, occasionally adding small amounts of water so that it does not burn.
15. after a couple of hours the "tea" mixture should be complete. let it cool down and then transfer it to a container.
16. to make tea, add a tablespoon of the mixture to a cup/mug/teapot, fill with boiling water, mix, and enjoy. If you would prefer a cold version of this tea, do the same but let it cool down and leave in the fridge or pour over a glass of ice with a little lemon and honey.
17. the tea mixture can be kept in the fridge for about 1-2 weeks, but make sure you check it to see/smell if it is ok to consume.
18. a perfect winter or summer drink that has tremendous health benefits and costs very little to make.