There’s a fruit in a grocery store near you that looks like you could break out in hives just by touching it, let alone eating it. We’ll give it to you straight: it has a blister-like skin that’s full of green and yellow lumps and it’s downright awkward looking.
Definitely the beast, not the beauty.
Now, what’s that phrase about not judging a book by its cover? Ah.
Exactly what is ugli fruit?
The grotesque-looking ugli fruit is actually a tangelo hybrid (yes, that h-word) from Jamaica that is a combination of grapefruit, oranges and tangerines.
It’s loaded with vitamin C, fiber and folate and it’s also low in calories. Taste-wise, it’s surprisingly good. Ugli fruit is sweet and juicy, with a dose of zip on the side that’ll kick your taste buds in high gear.
But still, it’s a hybrid and that makes it cause for concern for some folks.
The good, the bad and the ugli as the experts see it
To eat ugli fruit or not, that is the question. Nutrition expert extraordinaire David Wolfe makes no hesitation that hybrid foods are out of the question because they are “biologically weak.”
Then there are the likes of Mark Sisson, a popular nutrition author and Ironman competitor, who tell us that “. . . hybridization isn’t some monolith to be universally condemned. Eat them, or don’t, but don’t fret.”
To learn more details about how these men feel about food hybridization, including whether or not they fall into the controversial GMO category, click here.
What about ugli fruit and interaction with medications?
Although it’s part grapefruit, ugli fruit is missing a compound that is common in grapefruits, so those on certain medications can rejoice! That compound has been shown to cause detrimental drug interactions, hence all of the hubabaloo about not having grapefruit or its juices with certain medications.
Of course, it’s never a bad idea to run the ugli fruit topic by your doctor, just to be sure.
Click here to read more about ugli fruit and hybird foods.