Ugli Fruit Facts and Health Benefits 101

Facts About Ugli Fruit

The ugli fruit has quite a few names -- Unique Fruit, Uniq Fruit, and the more popular name, Ugli Fruit. Ugli fruit is called after its physical appearance that is typically odd-shaped, pot-marked and discolored. However, the fruit gets a poor rap; it definitely has an extremely sweet, citrus flavor, can be peeled very easily and is particularly seedless, which makes it an excellent snack or add-on to salads. The exterior of ugli fruit features greenish-yellow color and a shape resembles a pear and an orange. Ugli fruit is indigenous to Jamaica and was spread in the US during the 1930s. The fruit is believed to mix the best features of grapefruit, Seville oranges and tangerines. Kids enjoy the flavor as well as its intriguing name.

Ugli Fruit, Uniq Fruit or Unique fruit 

Health Benefits of Eating Ugli Fruit

  • The yellow pigment in the flesh and skin of ugli fruit provides the flavonoids quercetin or bioflavonoids and rutin. All these phenols are strong antioxidants that help counteract free radicals that cause chronic disease.
  • Loaded with vitamin C (another powerful antioxidant), folic acid and dietary fiber, this hybrid fruit improves, heals and helps promote gastrointestinal health. It is also helpful in maintaining bowel integrity.
  • Besides large vitamin C content, the uniq fruit has very similar nutritional value to various other citrus fruits but with a significant difference -- oddly enough, furanocoumarins that are commonly present in grapefruit (which most doctors think may interfere with certain medicines) cannot be found in the uniq fruit. Furthermore, the uniq fruit is apparently more palatable if you have a strong dislike to oranges.
  • The unique fruit pulp has been applied on skin to make it fair.
  • Ugli fruit also features benefit of being anti-allergic and at the same time help manage blood pressure

Ugli Fruit Calories and Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value of 1 fruit or 5 oz  
Calories 36
Carbohydrates 8 g
Protein 1 g
Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Fiber 2 g


How to Choose and Buy Ugli Fruit?

  • Pick fruits which are heavy with no drying at the ends.
  • The uniq fruit should give with little pressure just like grapefruit.
  • Color does not matter when picking. Minor dents and pot marks are usual. 

How to Store Ugli Fruit?

  • The unique fruit may be kept at room temperature for approximately 4-5 days, or in the fridge for as many as 14 days.
  • Do not cook the uniq fruit or it is going to lose its taste. 

Ugli Fruit Recipes

As the ugli fruit is not suitable for cooking, below is a salad recipe with ugli fruit:

Ugli Fruit Salad with Dressing Recipe
Serve: 2
1 curly endive (small)
50 g / 2 oz lambs lettuce (mache)
1 radicchio (small)
1 Ugli Fruit (small), peeled, cut into segments
For dressing:
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons white wine
1 garlic clove, crushed
ground black pepper
Mix all the fruit and vegetables together and organize in a bowl. In a screw-top jar, mix all the dressing ingredients. Season to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well and serve.

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