Eat Ugli Fruit. It Has a Good Personality.

After exiting Pike Place Market in Seattle, we walked across the street heading towards the Original Starbucks for a cappuccino, when I was stopped in my tracks. By Ugli Fruit.

First, the colorful fruit stands caught my eye, then the temptation of Ugli Fruit.

I am a sucker for trying weird food, though mostly of the non-vegetarian sort; duck gizzards, lambs tongue, pigs tails, etc. Never have I been so intrigued by a fruit or vegetable.
Ugli Fruit Jamaican Mandarines

Ugli fruit is a citrus fruit exclusively grown in Jamaica and made by hybridizing a grapefruit, tangerine and orange. Jamaicans pronounce it OO-glee.

I picked up the most repulsive looking one there, “I’ll take this Ugli Fruit.”

The clerk grabbed my choice and put it back in the stack. He then handed me to two other options. “Which one is heavier?” I thought this was a joke or at least some sort of magic trick.

“I don’t know” I said, trying not to be the butt of this one.

He took them back an selected the heavier of the two. “The heavier the ugli fruit, the better.” Ok.

He sliced it in half to reveal a juicy, orange interior. My mouth started to water. The man went one step further and segmented the interior for easy access, claiming that he does “not do this for everyone”. Lucky me.

The fruit was sweet and tangy. Definitely better than lamb brains.
Cut Ugli Fruit

Peter, who finds my giddiness about having new experiences slightly humorous, decided to video tape the Ugli Fruit transaction.

Have you ever tried Ugli Fruit? What is the strangest fruit or vegetable you have ever eaten?

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2018-12-17T09:21:39+00:00April 23rd, 2012|Categories: FOOD, North America, QUIRKY, TRAVEL, Washington|Tags: , |


  1. Bailey April 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Are you still in Seattle?

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey April 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately not. I am usually about a month behind when I write my posts.

  2. John April 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Wow who would've known that a fruit so repulsive looking on the outside could be so good looking on the inside. There is probably an ugly duckling reference in here somewhere…

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey April 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm - Reply


  3. Ruth April 25, 2012 at 12:21 am - Reply

    I think I tried this when I was a child in England.  We had the chance of trying durian in Singapore, it smells awful but tastes great.  Must admit I couldn't muster up the courage to try
    wonderful photos, BTW.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey April 25, 2012 at 7:13 am - Reply

      I have heard about durian, but haven’t tried it…yet 😉

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