I’ve been searching out some amazing citrus fruits to enjoy during the winter season to find some variety outside of the good ol’ navel orange. I’ve enjoyed my exploration of clementines, pummelos, and honey tangerines. To stay on the citrus trend, I picked up an Ugli fruit. And yes, it’s pretty ugly.
The Ugli fruit is thought to be a hybrid on a grapefruit, orange and tangerine. The name is actually a trademark of Cabel Hall Citrus Limited and grown in Jamaica where it was discovered. According to ugli.com, the nutrition profile for 1/2 a fruit is 45 calories, 2g fiber, 8g sugar, and 70% of your DV of vitamin C.
As you can see from the picture above, I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a picture before peeling it so you could take it all of it’s ugly glory. Peeling the skin was very quick and easy and the segments easily came apart. I was eating them in no time at all. I found the flavor to be surprisingly mild and very juicy. Maybe a bit more sour than an orange but less so than a tangerine. Overall, it was very good and certainly worthy of purchasing again. The only downfall is the price. I think I paid about $1.50 for one fruit. I’m willing to splurge on my fruit every once in a while. I put this in my splurge category and pick it up every once in a while during it’s peak season.
Have you tried an Ugli fruit?