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Updated on March 8, 2013
Ugli Fruit is the trademark name for The Jamaican Tangelo Fruit.
Ugli Fruit is the trademark name for The Jamaican Tangelo Fruit. | Source

The Official Trademark

the trademark sticker of Ugli by Cabel Hall Citrus Limited who are based in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
the trademark sticker of Ugli by Cabel Hall Citrus Limited who are based in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. | Source

Ugli Tangelo Fruit ~

Ugli first and foremost is not the type of fruit but the brand name of the Jamaican Tangelo fruit used by Cabel Hall Citrus Limited to market this citrus fruit of the species Citrus reticulata x Citrus paradisi.

Not the prettiest fruit in the world, the name as we may pronounce it in Europe and America is “ugly” whilst in its native Jamaica, it is pronounced “hugly”. This tangelo fruit is also known as Uniq fruit or Unique fruit.

The trade mark brand Ugli was created back in 1934, thanks to an importer requesting “more of that ugly fruit” which does describe its appearance perfectly!

This tangelo fruit tree was first discovered growing in the wild near Brown’s Town, Jamaica over 80 years ago and was then grown for the wider population to enjoy by the family who discovered it.

The Ugli fruit is now exported through Trout Hall Ltd with registered licensee distributors for America, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia.

Eat as a Grapefruit

with its size it looks like a grapefruit and may be sliced in half and eaten as one.
with its size it looks like a grapefruit and may be sliced in half and eaten as one. | Source

Green but Ripe Ugli Fruit

don't be fooled by the puckered, bumpy skin of tangelo fruit. inside they are extremely juicy and sweet.
don't be fooled by the puckered, bumpy skin of tangelo fruit. inside they are extremely juicy and sweet. | Source

Introduction to Ugli Tangelo Fruit

About the Ugli Fruit ~

With a wrinkly, puckered skin the Ugli fruit skin may be green to greenish-yellow to yellow or even orange.

The fruit varies between 4 inches (10 cm) to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter is a cross between a grapefruit, a Seville orange and a tangerine

. As it is only harvested from the fruit trees when fully ripe, it is always ready to eat when it hits the shops.

Similar in size to a grapefruit but not as bitter, it is sweet and tangy like a tangerine or orange.

The Skin is easily peeled like an orange or you may cut the fruit in half and eat like a grapefruit.

The orange juicy flesh is segmented so may be eaten like a tangerine or orange either.

They are available from November to May but depending on the climatic conditions in Jamaica, they are sometimes available in July to September.

Yellow Tangelo

the thick skin is easily peeled like an orange, tangerine or grapefruit.
the thick skin is easily peeled like an orange, tangerine or grapefruit. | Source

Ugli Fruit

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 a fruit (122g)
Calories 45
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Half Peeled Ugli Fruit

behind the ugly exterior lurks a beautiful fruit.
behind the ugly exterior lurks a beautiful fruit. | Source

Other Tangelo Fruit

The Orlando Tangelo

The Minneola Tangelo

You will find further information on these two species here.

Nutrition ~

As you would expect, this citrus fruit is high in Vitamin C. In fact ½ the fruit contains 70% of the recommended daily requirement.

Low in calories, and free of fats, cholesterol and sodium makes this tangelo a perfect addition to all diets and a great ingredient to use in culinary recipes and homemade skin care recipes.

In the kitchen the sky’s the limit for the amount of mouth watering delicious recipes you can rustle up.

I have put together a selection of recipes from the Ugli website. For a full listing of gorgeous recipes and instructions, click here.

Tangelo Fruit Recipes ~

Caribbean Pork Casserole – a wonderful mix of ingredients including pork, chicken, tangelo, mushrooms, shallots and sherry. Cooked on the top of the stove this dish is a great idea for the family for a touch of the tropics on a plate.

Thai Salad of Ugli and Shrimp – This salad screams healthy, tasty and full of flavor. Ingredients include shrimp, tangelo, mint, tomatoes, lime juice, chilies and lemongrass. This recipe is perfect for the summer as a starter, main course or even for lunch.

Ugli Duckling – This makes an ideal change for a Sunday roast and requires very few ingredients. Duck, Ugli tangelo, Cointreau, a little salt and watercress for garnish is all that is required. Simple but delicious!

Cold Ugli and Lemon Soufflé – A wonderful refreshing cold soufflé of Ugli tangelo and lemon. This is a must for citrus lovers and a great desert to serve when entertaining.

Ugli Curd for Cheesecake Topping or for Jam – For a new cheesecake topping this is great choice. Easy with Ugli fruit, sugar, butter and eggs, it can be kept up to 6 weeks.


Tasty Tangelo Segments

gorgeous eaten alone or juiced and drunk as a change to orange or grapefruit juice.
gorgeous eaten alone or juiced and drunk as a change to orange or grapefruit juice. | Source

Jamaican Tangelo

the natural fruit acids make it an idea ingredient in homemade beauty products.
the natural fruit acids make it an idea ingredient in homemade beauty products. | Source

DIY Beauty ~

As the Ugli fruit is widely distributed, you may find it in your local supermarket. Easily recognized with its trademark Green label with yellow lettering, it is an ideal fruit to try in various homemade products.

As it is classed as a citrus fruit, it easily replaces lemon, orange or grapefruit in skin care or makeup products. Try it in Soaps, Facial Scrubs, Face Masks, Skin Creams, Lip Gloss or bath Products.

Try it in Citrus Lip Gloss or Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash for a zesty change. Bath Salts or even Homemade Potpourri are possible by introducing this fragrant fruit.

If you have difficulty drinking enough water, why not switch the lemon in Cucumber Spa Water and pop in slices of Ugli tangelo fruit instead to make a refreshing drink?

The Brand of Quality

Check out your local supermarkets for Ugli Fruit.
Check out your local supermarkets for Ugli Fruit. | Source

Fuchsia Fruit

Your Fuchsia is more than just a stunning flower, it has a fruit that is edible.
Your Fuchsia is more than just a stunning flower, it has a fruit that is edible. | Source

More Unusual Fruit from The Author ~

Ugli fruit are not alone in the unusual fruit bracket. Here is a sample for more exotic or lesser known fruits you may not be aware of –

Fuchsia Fruit– Did you Fuchsia Flowers have fruit which is edible?

Sabras Cactus Fruit – The prickly pear fruit of Israel.

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit – The pads are eaten like a vegetable, the fruit is treated as a desert or sweet dish.

Rambutan Fruit – Similar to a Lychee fruit or is it a hairy strawberry in disguise?

Home of The Ugli Tangelo Fruit

show route and directions
A markerCabel Hall Citrus Limited, Grand Cayman -
Grand Cayman
get directions

B markerBrowns Town, Jamaica -
Browns Town, Jamaica
get directions

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      ademart 2 years ago

      Hello every one,

      I leave in the south of France and like to grow Ugli pomelos. Does any one of you, would know where I could puchase a small Ugli tree?

      TKS in advance

      ademart

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Indian Chef,

      There are a number of other hybrids and species of the tangelo fruit, hopefully you may find it and taste it! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Suzie this is first time i have heard about this fruit. It looks like lime we get here. We call it mausmi. but that looks lot better than ugli but looks same when you cut it. We usually use Mausmi for juice and hardly anyone eat it like orange.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi prasetio,

      Many thanks my friend, hopefully you may experience this fruit sometime. Such a nice mix of grapefruit and tangerine / orange it is a great alternative to these citrus fruits in a variety of ways. Appreciate the vote!!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I have never heard about Tangelo fruit. But after reading this hub and see the pictures, seems I love this fruit. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Deborah-Diane,

      Many thanks for visiting this side of the pond! Delighted you are a fan of tangelos and how interesting you were unaware of the Jamaican one, Ugli. Hopefully you will get a chance to taste it and enjoy it. Appreciate your interest!!

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I've always loved tangelos. I didn't know there was a variety called Ugli, until I read your Hub. Good job!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Peggy,

      Hopefully you will try them in the future and if you like citrus you are bound to enjoy these refreshing fruits too. Thanks so much for votes and sharing, much appreciated!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Spy,

      Sure is different! There are other tangelo fruit but are different in appearance. Not quite as "ugly" ! Cheers for popping in!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzie,

      I have seen the Ugli fruits in the grocery stores but have never purchased one. Will correct that the next time I see them for sale. Up, useful and interesting votes. Will also share.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, the name is very unique but never heard of this fruit.. Glad to stumble on this post.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Just Ask Susan,

      Great to have you stop by, always a pleasure! Although it is known through the brand Ugli (Jamaican's pronounce it Hug-ley) it is a Jamaican tangelo fruit and very "ugly". great to swap it in recipes with oranges for a change. Great to see it in schools for kids as it is packed with Vit C. Also a fruit to use in homemade skin care masks and exfoliator scrubs. Thanks so much for your input!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mike,

      Always good to learn something new every day! I know I do! Cheers for taking a read and good to know you enjoyed. Thanks for leaving a comment it is much appreciated :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      How lovely to have you stop by. So glad to hear you enjoyed this, I am humbled as I love the articles you write on health benefits for so many wonderful ingredients. Interesting to hear about Galgal fruit, I must investigate further!

      Many thanks for your sharing and votes here and for pinning!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I remember the first time I heard of the ugli fruit was when my son came home one day and asked me if we could go to the store and buy some ugli fruit. He had tried this at school and liked it. I thought he was kidding until I actually went and bought some. Unusual name for fruit but it is good.

      Great informative hub!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Well... this is a good day.... just learned about a new fruit! Thanks for the info SuzieHQ, that is a detailed and exciting hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Suzie,

      I haven't heard of this Ugli fruit. Here we get a similar fruit that has a very ugly thick skinned citrus fruit called Galgal locally. I'm not aware of its botanical name. However, it is very sour and is only used for making pickles.

      Thanks for sharing info on this fruit. Voted up, interesting, shared here and pinned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cris Sp,

      How good to see you, and you are heading to Ugli country too! Hope you get to enjoy it in lots of different ways there, have a great time!! Thanks so much for commenting, pin, sharing and votes!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Perfect timing...just in time for the season! I've heard of this but have never really tried the actual fruit and since your hub is very tempting, I will definitely try this when I'm next in Jamaica, which is this coming Sunday actually.

      Vitamin C galore in here....up, pinning and sharing.

      Thanks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi torrilynn,

      Thanks so much for having a read here. Glad you found interesting, appreciate you voting it up!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Not sure how easily you will find it locally but hopefully you do! Cheers for your comments Eddy!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Cheers for your comments! Delighted you found not so ugly things out about Ugli fruit!!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      I've never heard of this fruit until I came

      across your hub Suzie really interesting

      information that you have here.

      thanks for the read.

      Voted up

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I had never heard of this fruit but I will certainly look it up now .

      Thank you for sharing..

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It does look ugly..but worth trying. thanks for a great hub full of UGLI information.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      No worries, Hope you enjoy!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hikathryn,

      Hopefully you will try them next time you see them. If you like citrus, particularly tangerines you will love them! very versatile too and the varied recipes sound delicious be it savory, sweet or in drinks. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      *fuchsia, I mean. I also never noticed how to spell it. Oops.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have seen them, but I have never tried it. Thanks for sharing this information with us! I like hearing the history and nutrition information of foods. Now I am curious about one of your other articles listed, fuschia fruit.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for dropping in! They are available but may be in selected supermarkets. Hope you find them and give them a try! Appreciate your votes, share and all your support, have a great weekend!!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. I have never heard of the Ugli Tangelo Fruit. It looks interesting. I'll have to look for it in the market. Thanks for introducing something new here. Voting up, sharing, etc...