Don’t Knock This ‘Ugli’ Fruit Until You’ve Tried It
I've eaten a lot of weird things in my life, but this one takes the cake.
First of all, has anyone ever heard of an "ugli" fruit before? Its appearance justifies its name, because man, is this thing unsatisfying to look at. Its original name is called a "Jamaican Tangelo" and I found this little gem at the Dartmouth Shaw's on State Road.
While strolling through the produce section, I noticed the oddly shaped fruit that almost looked like it was decaying and was as big as a good-sized grapefruit. My interest was beyond piqued so I asked one of the produce workers, and to my surprise, he told me that these bulbous-looking fruits are actually pretty tasty.
Hard to believe, so I decided to take one home to sample, and let me tell you something: I was not disappointed. I went live on my Facebook to document the taste test:
I can't get over how delicious this ugli (yes with an "i") fruit was. It tasted exactly like an orange but 10 times better. Honest to God, this was the best tasting "orange" I've ever had. If a grapefruit married an orange and had an affair with some fruit gushers, and they had a baby that featured all three features, then that's what this Jamaican Tangelo reminds me of.
The skin was so soft and thick around the slices that it almost acted like bubble wrap. Lastly, if you're looking to pick up one of these bad boys, may I suggest feeling around for the softest ones. The produce guy told me it's like picking out an avocado; the softer the fruit, the riper it is and the sweeter it gets.
Take my word and give it a try sometime, you won't be disappointed.