Ugli Fruit (Tangelo)

February 8th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you cried when you found out Ugly Betty was canceled because she seems more like a kindred spirit than a caricature, then this is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★½☆☆

Extremely large, bumpy, green and yellow fruit with a knobby end and a squatty shape; warm, yellowish orange flesh.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Soft tangerine fragrance; not acidic at all; slightly reminiscent of soap but not in a bad way.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Very thick pith, but easy zipper peel once you can get the first bit off. Once you get to the flesh, the skin of each segment is a little thick, but the the inside is lusciously soft and juicy. Very few seeds!

TASTE Rating: ★★★★★

The first word that comes to mind is “soft”. It is a mellow, smooth tangerine style flavor with very little acidity. In a way, it reminds me of perfect and flavorful green grapes.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

This is definitely the ugly duckling of the citrus world. Its soft, smooth texture is amazing and I want to suck the juice out of the segments bit by bit. The texture of the skin on the segments is unfortunate because honestly this might be my favorite snacking citrus ever. It is so extremely easy to eat. I just want to slurp, slurp, slurp it up.












Specialty Produce


This fruit is also marketed as Uniq Fruit. Yeah – and it has a nice personality too. Sure. Good try marketers.


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  • emi Feb 11, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I was also surprised at the juicyness of the fruit despite the thick pith. I’ll definitely try it again. Do you think there’s a flavor difference in the yellow or green ugli fruit? Or does green = ripe?

  • Fruit Maven Feb 11, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I thought the yellow one was a little bit sweeter. I think the difference for ripeness is more about how loose the thing feels in its skin. If it feels like its pants are too big – its ready!

  • tessler Feb 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I got a couple of these yesterday at the store. They prompted a LOT of comments at the checkout! The cashier wanted to know what it was so he could ring it up and the lady behind me wanted to know if it was (1) ripe, and (2) any good. I had to admit that I’d only read about them on a website but was looking forward to trying them.

    Bonus: Neither the cashier nor the manager could find the code, so I got them for free! SCORE!!

    And yes, they were totally delicious! I definitely got a strong hint of lemon flavor in mine, though.

  • Fruit Maven Feb 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    @tessler – Nice! Everything tastes better when its free. I’m so glad you liked them.

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