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Strolling through Dean & Deluca last week, I stumbled across this in the fruit section:
No joke, possibly the ugliest fruit I'd ever seen, which piqued my interest- I picked it up. First of all, it's HUGE. It's surface is scaly and rough, bruised all over, with different shades of yellow, green and orange, all mixed together. To call it "blemished" would be an understatement-- there's no other word for it than ugly. It reminded me of the warty old hag in Snow White.

Imagine my delight when I saw that the name of this burly fruit creature is UGLI. Friggin awesome. At $3, I bought it (probably the cheapest thing at D&D). Here it is in my hand, to give you an idea of how big it is.

Turns out that this citrus is from Jamaica-- according to Wiki, it was found growing in the wild and is a hybrid of the tangerine and grapefruit. In Jamaica, they pronounce it "hugli", not "ugly", so watch yourself.

It's skin is thick yet soft and spongy, so this is much easier to peel than on orange or grapefruit.

I was surprised to find that the fruit sections are a beautiful honey-color. Not pink, not orange, just in between.

Not too tangy, but sweet. Bursting with juice. A really mild, smooth flavor- I really like it! The skin on the flesh is actually quite tough though, so better to peel that away too.

Moral of the story: don't judge produce by the way it looks. What's inside could be a delightful surprise. I mean, imagine the person who discovered the oyster for the first time ever-- who would have thought to open up such an UGLY sea creature, then EAT IT???

PS- remind me sometime to tell you about when I accidentally smuggled blueberries into Jamaica. OOPS. No blueberries in existence in the history of Jamaica- until I showed up...