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 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.
It reminds me of alligator skin! Here’s what it looks like partially peeled.
You can see that the bowl is filled with all the thick skin peelings once it is completely peeled!
Once I removed all the skin, I separated the slices of half the Ugli Fruit and had them for breakfast.
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.
Serving size: 1/2 Ugli Fruit
Total Carb: 11g
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.
At which time you will have: Ugli Duckling! Get it?
Happy New Year Everyone! (I haven’t even started drinking yet.)