Ugli Fruit: The Jamaican Delight

Ugli fruit is also called Jamaican tangelo which is a natural hybrid between a tangerine and a grapefruit and therefore is a tangelo. This citrus fruit can be used in a variety of cuisines and dishes that you can easily prepare. Let’s discover more about this fruit. 

History Of Ugli Fruit

This fruit is native to Jamaica. It was first discovered in the year 1924 when it was found growing in the wild. Ugli fruit is a hybrid between 3 fruits namely tangerine, Seville orange, and grapefruit. 

An interesting fact about how it got named “ugli fruit” was because an importer in the year 1934 ordered for “more of that ugly fruit”.

Appearance Of Ugli Fruit

The shape of ugli fruit is that of a teardrop. It is a bit larger than a grapefruit. The outside skin of it is green in color and the flesh is yellow in color. It peels like orange and has the same white net-like substance (pith) around the yellow flesh.

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Flavor Of Ugli Fruit

Ugli fruit is sweet and juicy. As it is a citrus fruit, it has a tangy taste to it with a little bitter aftertaste. 

Culinary Benefits Of Ugli Fruit

You can start off your day with some ugli fruit smoothie. Add other fruits like pineapple juice and bananas. Add some milk and honey and then blend this. Serve this in a tall glass and enjoy your healthy morning drink!

Another breakfast dish you can prepare is some ugli fruit marmalade. Store this in the refrigerator and lather it onto your bread in the morning or whenever you feel like having a snack.

If you want to prepare a nice delicious meal, you have got to make lamb chops and cook the rice in beef stock adding in ugli fruit, onions, salt, and pepper. The ugli fruit gives the dish a nice sweet and tangy flavor to the meat and rice. 

Try out this delicious sweet and sour chop recipe. Use ugli fruit instead of oranges! 

You can serve a lamb chop dish with a side of ugli salad prepared with ugli fruit, cucumber, basil, cayenne pepper, lime, and olive oil. Check out this delicious salad recipe.

For dessert, you can make some tasty ugli pudding with lemon zest, flour, sugar, butter, greek yogurt, and almonds. You can drizzle this dessert in some honey which will enhance the flavor even more!

Experiment with this fruitcake by adding some ugli fruit to it.


You can store this fruit on the countertop for about 5 days. If you are looking to refrigerate it, you can store it in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

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