so, a few days ago, i saw ugli fruit in the produce section at bloomingfoods and just couldn't help myself. they're supposed to be ugly, but, come on! this one was kind of cute! sure, it was flat on one side, as if it had been dropped, but the color was a brilliant, jamaican green. most of the ones i've seen on the internets, on the other hand, are a sickly kind of yellow. jamaicans call it "hoo-glee," americans call it "ugly," and i like to call it "ooogly." it's a citrus hybrid, and really, not as bad as my initial googling left me to believe. most called it "like a grapefruit, but not as good."make your life a little easier by removing the membrane before digging in. it is JUICY, and messy, and the membrane is too tough to eat. i don't mind the membrane of, say, an orange, (mmm, fiber!) but nothing doing in this case.
so, hey, if you come across one in the winter, give it a try. no, it didn't make me want to sing and do a happy interpretive ugli dance, but it's not bad at all. just beware the juice. beware.
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happy holidays out there! keep it safe, and eat well!