New Food Friday – Ugli Fruit

28 Dec

The song goes like this: “If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife. So, from my personal point of view, get an ugly girl to marry you!” That was just a little musical intro to today’s New Food Friday which is: Ugli Fruit.

Ugli Fruit

Ugli Fruit

Ugli Fruit comes in a few colors: green, greenish-yellow, yellow, and orange. They range in size from 4 inches in diameter to 6 inches. This fruit is a tangelo that is a variety of citrus fruit grown exclusively in Jamaica where it was discovered over 80 years ago growing wild. Ugli is believed to be a hybrid of the Seville orange, the grapefruit and the tangerine. To me it tastes like a cross between a grapefruit and a pineapple.

I had a heck of a time peeling this thing. I began using a knife to get it started but the skin is very thick and rather tough. At least this one was.

Ugli Fruit Top Cut

Ugli Fruit Top Cut

It reminds me of alligator skin! Here’s what it looks like partially peeled.

Ugli Fruit Partially Peeled

Ugli Fruit Partially Peeled

You can see that the bowl is filled with all the thick skin peelings once it is completely peeled!

Ugli Fruit Peelings

Ugli Fruit Peelings

Once I removed all the skin, I separated the slices of half the Ugli Fruit and had them for breakfast.

Ugli Fruit Slices

Ugli Fruit Slices

The membrane of the segments was tough too but it was fairly easy to remove the pulp from the membrane. It was juicy and I barely lost a drop!

I bought my Ugli Fruit at Meijer for $1.69. 

Ugli Fruit is harvested and sent to market after they have ripened on the tree so when you purchase it at the store, it is already ripe even if it is green.

Nutritional Facts

Serving size: 1/2 Ugli Fruit

Calories: 45

Fiber: 2g

Total Carb: 11g

Protein: 1g

Sugars: 8g

Calcium: 2%

Vitamin C: 70%

Ugli Fruit is ugly, but it will not interact with medicines the way grapefruits do!

Some people make ice cream out of the juice or put the segments into a salad (like a Sicilian salad which is very good). You can squeeze the juice of the Ugli Fruit and combine it with rum to make an Ugli Hot Toddy. What a way to welcome in the New Year!

Or, you can mix the juice of the Ugli with Cointreau and pour it over roasted duckling.


Duck-roasted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At which time you will have: Ugli Duckling! Get it? 

Happy New Year Everyone! (I haven’t even started drinking yet.)



10 Responses to “New Food Friday – Ugli Fruit”

  1. reocochran January 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Any time you can find a tasty fruit to add to your repertoire, it is helpful. Everyone (especially in winter) needs to add more fruit to their diet! I think it is a little high for a one time experience, but will watch for sales! I think the puns you add are amusing!


    • Marcella Rousseau January 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Yes, watch for sales or watch for big ones – up to 6″ in diameter. I ate the one over 4 days! I just bought a bag of tangelos (same family) for $3.99. They are so sweet and very juicy. Dee-licious! I’m glad you like my puns. Humor is good for your health ; – )


  2. tamara December 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Happy New Year-wishing you many new great posts!


    • Marcella Rousseau December 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      Thank you Tamara! Tanti auguri e Buon Nuovo Anno e meraviglioso notizias!


      • tamara January 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

        Tanti auguri e Buon Nuovo Anno a te, Marcella!


  3. kelihasablog December 29, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Glad I can add this to my pinterest. 😀 Thanks for visiting my blog.


  4. mikeakin1 December 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    What did you think of it raw?



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