I was at this supermarket with my shopping cart, wheeling it around the aisles when I spotted this pink pearly fruit wrapped in transparent foil, arranged neatly and kept for sale! And soon enough my mind galloped back to those holidays in summer at my maternal home.
We used to not like this big lemon that grew on the trees in the backyard. We called them bambloos naranga in malayalam! If you want to visualize, think of a lemon the size of a musk melon replaced with a green exterior. Cut it open and you find baby pink segments, segments like in an orange .. And they look very similar to pink pearls .. In English this big lemon is called the pomelo. Google tells me this is the south indian pomelo.
I remember during my childhood I was so fed up seeing them stacked on one side of my grandmother’s second kitchen, none of us relished them after the initial day of it. But it was available on plenty and they were stacked. Since it was always available in the back yard it was never bought from market. Or rather never a commodity in the market.
To see those pink pearl segments nicely wrapped in foil and kept for sale in a hypermarket .. Well.. The man in charge who saw me standing near it started explaining its nutritious side.. I smiled as I made my way to the counter taking a picture of it to send it to my cousins who grew up with me ..
Here you go, check out this video… The fruit is pomelo.. https://youtu.be/tVLhIfekw90