Ugli fruit

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Ugli fruit
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Ugli fruit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Citrus
Species: C. reticulata × paradisi
Binomial name
Citrus reticulata × Citrus paradisi

The ugli /ˈʌɡli/ or ugli fruit is a Jamaican form of tangelo, a citrus fruit created by hybridizing a grapefruit (or pomelo), an orange and a tangerine.[1]

Its species is Citrus reticulata × Citrus paradisi.[2]


Ugli was discovered growing wild (possibly having developed in the same way grapefruit was created)[1] in Jamaica, where it is mainly grown today.[3] The name is a variation of the word "ugly", which refers to the fruit's unsightly appearance, with rough, wrinkled, greenish-yellow rind, wrapped loosely around the orange pulpy citrus inside.[2] UGLI is a registered trademark of Cabel Hall Citrus Limited, under which it markets the fruit.[4]


The light-green surface blemishes turn orange when the fruit is at its peak ripeness. An ugli fruit is usually slightly larger than a grapefruit (but this varies) and has fewer seeds. The flesh is very juicy and tends towards the sweet side of the tangerine rather than the bitter side of its grapefruit lineage, with a fragrant rind.

The taste is often described as more sour than an orange and less bitter than a grapefruit, however, and is more commonly guessed to be a lemon-tangerine hybrid. The fruit is seasonal from December to April. It is distributed in Europe and the United States between November and April,[3] and is on occasion available from July to September.



  1. ^ a b Grapefruit: a fruit with a bit of a complex in Art Culinaire (Winter, 2007)
  2. ^ a b Bastyra, Judy, and Julia Canning. A Gourmet's Guide to Fruit. Los Angeles: HP Books, 1989. Pg. 52.
  3. ^ a b "Where to look – UGLI". Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "About Us – UGLI". Retrieved February 13, 2012.