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Friday, January 27, 2017

Ugli Fruit

Ugli Fruit:


The ugli fruit is a form of tangelo from Jamaica that was developed by crossing a grapefruit, an orange,  and a tangerine.   The name "ugli" is a variation  of the word "ugly" used do to the fruit's unsightly appearance.  It has a rough, wrinkled, greenish-yellow rind with an orange pulpy citrus inside.  The name "Ugli" is actually a registered trademark of Cabel Hall Citrus Limited, which markets the fruit.  
The light green surface blemishes turn orange at the peak of ripeness.  As a  tangelo the ugli is slightly larger than a grapefruit with fewer seeds.  The flesh is very juicy and tends towards the sweet side of the tangerine rather than the bitter side of the grapefruit with a fragrant rind.  The taste is often described as  more sour than an orange and less bitter than a tangerine.
The Ugli Fruit may also be called Uniq Fruit or Unique Fruit 


The ugli fruit was discovered as an accidental seedling in Brown's Town, Jamaica where it was propagated and exported starting in 1914. 

Health Benefits:

There are only 45 calories in a serving of half of one fruit.  A serving contains 70% of the recommended allowance of vitamin C, which is great for fighting infections and important for the formation of collagen and maintaining artery  elasticity.  The ugli fruit has a good supply of calcium as well as vitamin A  with 8% of your daily fiber needs.  The ugli fruit is cholesterol free and has a low glycemic index.


The Ugli is in season from December to April.  It is distributed in the U.S. and Europe between November and April, and occasionally available from July to September.  

Selecting and Storing:

Choose fruit that is heavy for its size.  Do not be concerned about surface scarring, uneven color, or loose skin.  Smaller fruit tends to be more flavorful, and sweeter.  Check for soft or brown spots and press them with your thumb, if  the skin gives through, the fruit is probably spoiled. 
Store at room temperature and use within 5 days, or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. 

So..... East up !  Enjoy !  I'll show you how.

Simple but Good:

Ugli Fruit Smoothie:

1 ugli fruit peeled and quartered
1 banana 
1/4 cup pineapple juice 
1/4 cup milk 
2 TBS sugar
8 ice cubes

Peel and cut up the ugli fruit.  Peel and slice the banana.  Put the ugli fruit, banana, pineapple juice, milk, and sugar into a blender and blend until smooth.  Add ice and blend again. 
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