Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ugli Fruit

Although I've seen far uglier produce, the giant, rotting grapefruit-like appearance of the ugli fruit more than justifies its name.

The ugli fruit was originally found growing wild in Jamaica and is a natural hybrid between a grapefruit and a tangerine. It's roughly the size of a grapefruit or pomelo but the flesh inside is only about as big as a large navel orange. The thick skin is colored with an uneven blend of yellows and greens giving it a sickly or rotting appearance which is accented by the occasional brown blemishes.

Betraying the nauseating impressions of its facade, the innards of the ugli fruit are surprisingly tasty. The initial rubbery texture and bland flavor of the outer covering quickly gives way to succulent juices with a mildly sweet and tangy blend of the best characteristics of its direct ancestors.

They're typically not too expensive due to the look of decay so snatch a few up if you can find them. Here are some ugly pictures of me doing just that. I'll post some better shots if and when I get a hold of some more of these hideous-yet-delicious mutants.

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