Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Ugli Fruit
How ugly is the Ugli Fruit? The ugli
fruit was discovered growing wild in Jamaica over
80 years ago. The original tree is believed to have been a
hybrid formed from the Seville orange, the grapefruit and
the tangerine families and is now generally categorized as
an exotic tangelo.
UGLI® is the registered trade mark under which Cabel Hall
Citrus Ltd. markets its brand of exotic tangelos from
As you might have already guessed, the ugli
fruit got its name because, quite frankly, it looked ugly.
(Not all of them look this ugly... Really!) With its unsightly
appearance of rough, wrinkled, greenish-yellow skin, wrapped
loosely around the orange pulpy citrus flesh you might be
surprised at how juicy it is inside! It also has more of the
sweetness of the tangerine than the somewhat sourness of a
Here are a few of the questions we attempt to answer about
the ugli fruit.
- What vitamins and minerals in an Ugli Fruit make it so
good for us?
- What is the best method for juicing Ugli Fruit?
- What are some great buying tips for Ugli Fruit?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about the Ugli tangello that you might not find so easily
elsewhere on the Internet.
Let's begin our exploration of Ugli
Vitamins and Minerals
in Ugli Fruit
Ugli tangelos, like most other citrus fruit,
are probably best known for being loaded with Vitamin C
and when eaten, its high fiber content. One ugli fruit can
contribute up to 70% of the recommended daily value of
Falling under the category of "calming foods" the ugli fruit
have much to offer in the way of healthy nutrients.
In addition to its high vitamin C content, the ugli contains
similar nutrients to other citrus fruits with an important
difference -- interestingly, furanocoumarins which are
generally found in grapefruit (and which many doctors believe
may interfere with some medications) do not appear in the ugli.
Also, the ugli fruit appears to be more palatable for
people who have an aversion to oranges.
The next time you think about Ugli Fruit... think about how
they might add a powerful boost to your daily nutrition through
Juicing Tips for
Juicing Ugli Fruit
Juicing Ugli Fruit can add both flavor and
valuable nutrients to most any home-juiced cocktail... but
as with other citrus fruit -- be sure to peel it
first before juicing!
Here are a few tips for juicing Ugli Fruit that may help
turn your juicing experience into something you look forward to
and thoroughly enjoy.
Being seasonal (available in most supermarkets
from November through to April) the sweeter ugli fruit are
generally found later in the season, however even the early
ripe ugli are generally sweeter than grapefruit.
As the skin is quite easy to remove, you might
find juicing ugli fruit easier than juicing some other citrus
Again, as with other citrus, keep the membrane
and pith on when you juice ugli fruit as they are chock full of
vitamins and minerals, too!
Purchasing Tips for
Buying Ugli Fruit
Here are a few tips for buying Ugli Fruit that may help you
get the freshest ingredients. We'll also include a few storing
tips for Ugli Fruit that you might find helpful.
As mentioned above, ugli fruit later in its season are
When at its peak ripeness most of its green
blemishes turn orange.
The ugli fruit should feel heavy with no signs of drying at
the ends; but as the ugli fruit is commonly thick skinned, the
thicker skin may not indicate it having a lot
of skin and pulp and not much juice (unlike other citrus).
Ugli fruit should give with slight pressure, similar to a
grapefruit. Color is not important when selecting ugli fruit,
and pot-marks and small dents are normal.
As it is an exotic tangello, storing recommendations are
similar to tangerines, meaning they should be stored at room
temperature or in the refrigerator, and eaten or juiced within
a week of buying them.
About Ugli Fruit
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include at least a little general information about Ugli Fruit,
as well as a few helpful links if you want to explore Ugli
Ugli fruit are sold under two different brand
names: Uniq Fruit which is a registered trademark of Brooks
Tropicals, LLC. and UGLI which is a registered trademark of
Cabel Hall Citrus Ltd.
An ugli fruit is usually slightly larger than a
grapefruit (but this varies) and has fewer seeds.
Being mostly seedless and so easy to peel, the
ugli fruit makes a great snack and addition to salads but they
can also be cut in half and spooned out like a grapefruit.
Because ugli fruits are sweeter than a grapefruit, you don't
really need to add sugar when eating them this way.
UGLI® fruits are native to Jamaica and have
been propagated in the United States since the 1930s. They are
said to combine the best qualities of tangerines, grapefruit
and Seville oranges. Children love the taste and their
Americans pronounce the name "ugly," but in
Jamaica, where it's grown, it's pronounced "HOO-glee."
Like other citrus fruits, ugli fruits are only
harvested and sent to market after they have ripened on the
tree, so what is found in the store is always ripe fruit even
though the skin may be green. Inside, the flesh is always
orange to deep orange.
Ugli fruit can be used as a substitute for any
dish that usually contains citrus fruits, even for cold
Sources/Resources for Ugli Fruit
Newport Market Foodieopia - Ugli
UGLI® is the registered trade mark under
which Cabel Hall Citrus Ltd.
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