U is for Ugli Fruit

I think this is the first food I’ve posted about that I haven’t actually tried; at least, not the one with the name that starts with a U. I even had to look it up, but turns out, it’s just a tangelo grown in Jamaica. I’ve had tangelo’s before, so technically, it counts, even if I do feel like I’m cheating a little bit.

I learned all about Ugli Fruit on Wikipedia, if you want to check it out.

A tangelo is a hybrid of a grapefruit, an orange and a tangerine, something I didn’t know, actually. My only question is, does anyone really eat grapefruit because they like it or only because it was listed as a diet food? I think I’ve only ever eaten it as part of a diet and I have never really enjoyed it. I like tart things, but those are beyond tart. The best way to eat it though, is to cut it cross-ways and spoon out the sections. I saw someone peel it like an orange and eat the sections that way. I thought it was so weird, when really, it’s just like an orange, so why the odd way of eating it with a spoon? I’ve never thought of eating an orange that way…

I do enjoy oranges but I don’t eat them very often. They’re just so much work! I always feel like I have to not just peel it, but then I have to get as much of the white stuff off as possible, which is a chore since I’m such a perfectionist. I’m not as bad as I used to  be, but I still spend way too much time preparing an orange before I actually eat one. The other thing I don’t like is that my hands smell like oranges the rest of the day.

In the interest of saving time, I’ve started buying the Cutie oranges or Clementines. There isn’t as much to peel and I’m eating the orange-y goodness in way less time than a normal-sized orange.

Is it weird that I like oranges but I don’t like orange sweets? There is just a weird artificial taste that accompanies orange sweets that makes me turn up my nose. My grandmother used to make orange rolls and you would think with as much as I like oranges that I would have loved them, but I didn’t. Orange marmalade is another thing that grosses me out. I don’t know. I guess it’s odd, but we all have tastes, and sometimes it’s better just to go with it and not question it too much.

Has anyone out there actually had Ugli Fruit or are you like me, trying to blog about something that’s like the name, but not actually it?


8 thoughts on “U is for Ugli Fruit

  1. Never heard of ugli fruit until now, but to answer one of your questions. I do enjoy a good grapefruit, there is a way to it. You have to peel it like an orange (do not cut it in the middle) and then you take the skin off every piece. Because only the flesh is good, the little skin is bitter and will ruin the taste. Then you can enjoy some very good grapefruit, it is sweet and sour. I love them pink but yellow ones are ok too.

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  2. I have never eaten Ugli fruit, but I love grapefruit. I cut out the middle part, and slice it down to the bottom about 8 times, and then I peel it. I use salt to take away the sour taste. This is a lot of work because I peel away what is hiding the real meat of the fruit and it is way good.

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