ugli fruit

Pronunciation: [UHG-lee]

Its origins are vague, but the native Jamaican ugli fruit (also called uniq fruit) is believed to be a tangerine-grapefruit hybrid (though the pomelo may also have been involved). It ranges in size between that of a navel orange and a giant grapefruit. Its acid-sweet flavor suggests grapefruit with hints of orange. The extremely thick, yellow-green skin fits rather loosely over the large, juicy, yellow-orange pulp sections. Ugli fruit is available on a limited basis from winter to spring. Choose fruit that's heavy for its size and that gives slightly to palm pressure. Store at room temperature and use within 5 days or refrigerate up to 3 weeks. Ugli fruit may be prepared and eaten in any way suitable for grapefruit. It's an excellent source of vitamin C.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Guide to Winter Fruits

Even though winter is in full swing, there are still plenty of delicious fresh fruits to be had.

Old Fashioned Fruit Desserts

Know a cobbler from a crisp and a buckle from a Betty.

Pass the Winter Fruit Salad

Citrus is a wintertime staple and can add a fresh zing to any brunch table. Here's an inventive way to feature it in all of its sweet glory.

Storing Fruits and Vegetables

Find out how to keep them fresh.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

More than just a nuisance, a single fruit fly can lay up to 50 eggs per day. Here's what to do if they take up residence in your house.

How to Prep Meats, Vegetables or Fruit for Freezing: A Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to properly prep foods for freezing, then watch our how-to video.