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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Try This Now: Ugli Fruit


It's not pretty, but looks aren't everything.




The ugli fruit is a tangelo hybrid from Jamaica, originally formed from the grapefruit, an orange, and a tangerine. 

Imagine its shock in being shipped from the warm tropics of Jamaica to the frigid polar vortex of the northeast. 

I would be ugli too. 

Its skin is thick, with a white inner peel that feels like it's coated in cotton... perfect for survival in the snow belt.


Its membranes are thick, pegs bursting with juice. You can peel it like an orange or slice into it and section it like a grapefruit. 

Either way, you're in for a juicy, not-too-sweet and not-too-tangy treat. 



After seeing these in the grocery store for years, I finally tried a sample at my local shop. I'm glad I did. 




If you like the sweetness of a clementine, with a bite of sourness that comes with a red grapefruit, give the ugli fruit a try. 

It's not entirely unique, but it provides a fun diversion from the usual citrus offerings that comes each winter. 

And, I'll bet it makes a tasty margarita. 

Cheers!


What new fruits or vegetables have you tried lately?










10 comments:

  1. I've always made a joke about these when I see them at the grocery store. I'm not crazy about sour citrus, but I'll have to give it a try. At least to say I did. ;)

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    1. Hi Suheriy,
      I'm like that too. I tried it to say I did and I was pleasantly surprised. Had the grocery store not had samples, I would have passed them by. It's not my favorite, but it's not bad. Something different. Have a great weekend. :-)

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    1. Hi Jodi, the ugli fruit was a pleasant surprise. Not my favorite, but not bad. Something different. Have a great weekend. :-)

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  3. This sounds interesting! I haven't seen these here in Switzerland but I'll have to take a look at the grocery store next time. Lately I bought some passion fruit at our local grocery store - it's sooooo good! I've tried it before on multiple occasions but it never came to mind to buy it at the store and eat it at home, and I'm so glad I did because it's utterly scrumptious! :)
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    1. Hi Michelle,
      The ugli fruit is from Jamaica. I don't think I would find them in Spain either, but perhaps there's a great fruit in Switzerland, like the passionfruit, that you haven't tried. Find one and let us all know. :-) Thanks for your blog link...I'm looking forward to exploring.

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  4. i haven't seen this fruit before but sounds like it's worth a try.

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    1. Hi Kerry,
      I don't know how much longer they will be in season. I found them at Shaw's. Like the clementines, they may be at the end of their season. Have a great weekend. :-)

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  5. I like these, neat Post. I like Dragon Fruit a lot too.

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    1. Hi Peggy. I've never had dragon fruit. Sweet? Sour? I will have to look for them. I love trying new foods, especially new fruits and veggies. Thanks for the tip. :-) Have a great weekend.

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