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FRUIT: Ugly And Uniq

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The Ugli fruit has inner beauty, and snappy citrus flavor. Photo courtesy Uglifruit.org.
 

Our recent daily tips have included vegetables to cure the winter doldrums. That goes for fruits, too.

Take the Uniq fruit, wrinkled and rough with splotchy coloring and surface scarring. Its skin is wrapped very loosely over the pulp. It’s the shar-pei of fruits.

But Uniq tastes delicious: a cross of grapefruit and tangelo, a refreshing citrus taste that’s very juicy. It looks like a grapefruit’s great-grandfather (no disrespect, great-granddad). It has been sold under the brand name Ugli fruit since 1934.

And its thick, loose skin makes it much easier to peel than other citrus fruit.

It’s now in season. You can find the fruits ranging in size from a large orange to a large grapefruit, the color ranging from yellow mottled with lime green to darker green to light orange. You can smell the fragrance through the peel.

 
The Uniq/Ugli fruit was discovered as an accidental hybrid seedling in Jamaica. is a variety of tangelo, a citrus fruit created by hybridizing a grapefruit (or pomelo, the parent of the grapefruit, another accidental hybrid).
Store the fruit at room temperature for up to one week or two weeks in the fridge, and enjoy it as you would any citrus.

If you can’t find it locally, you can order the fruit from Melissas.com.
 
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