Expect wrinkled, loose skin along with greenish spots and an overall light orange color, clues almost the opposite of what to look for in other orange hybrids.
Native to Jamaica, the fruit was first bred in Brown's Town in 1914. It got its name from the unsightly appearance of its rough, wrinkly greenish-yellow skin, wrapped loosely around the seedless orange pulpy citrus inside. An ugli fruit is slightly smaller than a grapefruit. It tends towards the sweet side of the tangerine rather than the sour side of its grapefruit lineage.The fruit is available from December to April.
The fruit is also described by the distributor as an exotic tangelo.
Citric acid is found in citrus fruits and may also protect against kidney stone formation.Ugli Fruit are the best food source commonly available. One preliminary trial found that drinking 2 liters (approximately 2 quarts) of Ugli Fruit per day improved the quality of the urine in ways that are associated with stone prevention. Ugli Fruit was far more effective than orange juice.
When eating or juicing Ugli Fruitt, peel off the skin but leave as much of the albedo intact as possible as it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.
Acidity: Although Ugli Fruit has a sub-acid taste, its juice actually has an alkaline reaction after digestion. This has a profound effect in the treatment of acidity in the digestive system that causes a host of other health problems.
Atherosclerosis: Pectin in this fruit has been found to be effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits, and the vitamin C helps to strengthen and maintain the elasticity of arteries.
Breast cancer: In another study, the bioflavonoids found in Ugli Fruit was discovered to even halt cancer cells from spreading in breast cancer patients, by ridding the body of excess estrogen.
Common cold: A common cold is usually your body telling you that you are overworked. A regular drink of grapefruit during a stressful period gives your immune system the boost needed to prevent it coming on.
Cholesterol: A certain compound found in Ugli Fruit helps reduce the excessive production of cholesterol from the liver.
Diabetes: A diabetic can safely eat a Ugli Fruit. In fact, more consumption of this fruit will help reduce the starches and sweets in the system. If you have a tendency towards diabetes, consume more grapefruit juice to prevent it.
Digestive disorder: This juice helps to promote digestion by increasing the flow of gastric juices. Eat the fruit together with its albedo and pith for their extra fiber that aids bowel movements.
Fatigue: At the end of a long and tiring day, drink a glass of Ugli Fruit juice with lemon juice in equal parts with a little honey, to dispel all fatigue and tiredness.
Fever: Besides drinking plenty of fluids, also drink Ugli Fruit juice to reduce fever.
Insomnia: A drink of Ugli Fruit juice before bedtime, helps to promote sleep and alleviates insomnia.
Pregnant woman: The bioflavonoids and vitamin C help to reduce water retention and swelling of the legs during pregnancy.
Sore throat: Drinking a freshly-squeezed Ugli Fruit juice helps relieve sore throats and soothes coughs.
Stomach and pancreatic cancer: The anti-cancer agents in grapefruit (especially in the albedo) are particularly protective against these cancers in the digestive system.
Weight-loss: This fruit has a fat-burning enzyme and can help to absorb and reduce the starch and sugar in the body. It is widely consumed by people who are trying to lose weight. If you don't fall under the category of people mentioned below (look at "Caution" colum), then take a glass of Ugli Fruit juice twice a day and eat normally.