Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dang! That Fruit is UGLY!

or UGLI, that is. proving once again that i am mad for all citrus, and don't only like to (attempt to) grow citrus, but love to eat it, i took some pics of the UGLI fruit (actually a Jamaican tangelo) i brought home from the grocery the other day. the original tree is thought to be a hybrid of a Seville orange, a grapefruit, and a tangerine. it was discovered growing wild in Jamaica over 80 years ago, and one family has improved them (and trademarked the name). they are tangy, sweet, and delicious.

they look sort of like a rotting pomelo. looks, however, can be deceiving.

cut off both ends of the fruit, and with a sharp knife cut away the rind and pith (the bitter white stuff).

be careful to keep as much of the flesh as you can. this is step one in what is called (by fancy folks) supreming.

all the pith and very little flesh.

these little cells fall apart and are FULL of juice. the remind me of pomegranate "aril" (the edible part of the fruit that surrounds the seed) but are much softer.

all peeled. beware! these guys are VERY juicy (and are great juiced), so watch for run-off.

the last step in supreming is slicing between the peg and the membrane. this really just makes it look pretty. you can eat these guys just as easily like an orange. which is what i did with the other half.

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