I recently had the pleasure of trying oro blanco, which is a cross between a white grapefruit and a pummelo (pomelo). The name means “white gold” in Spanish.
I’d never heard of this citrus fruit before. I’ve never seen in in a supermarket growing up in the Northeast or where I live now in the Midwest. I lucked out when my friend went to California during the Holidays and brought a couple back for me knowing how much I love grapefruit.
Oro blancos have a bitter tartness like grapefruit, but they are sweeter. They are in the grapefruit family, so if you’re like me and you love grapefruit, you’ll love these too. They taste more like sweet Ruby Red grapefruit then the white grapefruits. They can be green or golden color when ripe.
Oro blanco nutrition is similar to that of grapefruit. Check out our grapefruit article for more on the health benefits and smoothie recipe ideas. Because oro blanco is related to grapefruit, it will interfere with certain prescription medications just like grapefruit, so double check before eating it if you take any medications.
How To Use Oro Blancos In A Green Smoothie
Oro blanco is a large fruit, but the edible portion is only slightly larger than a standard grapefruit. It blends well with oranges and tangerines and can be used interchangeably with grapefruit in any smoothie recipe. The flavor accents tropical fruits like pineapple.
Banana and mango make the best base fruit because they will thicken the smoothie while sweetening it. You can also use coconut milk to help sweeten it without additional sugars. Ginger adds a wonderful kick.
As for greens, stick with non-bitter varieties like fresh baby spinach and leaf lettuce. If you are a green smoothie veteran, go ahead and experiment with some kale or dandelion, but this combination isn’t for the faint of heart or newbies!
Oro blanco is the perfect ingredient for a detox green smoothie recipe. Blend with banana, dandelion and fresh ginger for the most epic detox beverage that you’ll never forget.
Oro Blanco Smoothie Recipes
Oro Blanco Coco Smoothie (this one’s just fun to say!)
- 1/2 oro blanco, peeled
- 4 ounces of coconut milk
- 1 orange, peeled and deseeded
- 1 banana, peeled
- 3 cups or handfuls fresh baby spinach
Calories: 269 | Fat: 3g (gram) | Protein: 6g | Carbs: 61g | Calcium: 25% | Iron: 3.0 mg | Vitamin A: 349% | Vitamin C: 174%
Oro Blanco Carrot Ginger
- 1 oro blanco, peeled
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- Splash of water
Calories: 154 | Fat: .7g (grams) | Protein: 3.1g | Carbs: 38g | Calcium: 8% | Iron: 0.6 mg | Vitamin A: 774% | Vitamin C: 93%
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.