We spotted these lumpy, yellowish-greenish citrus fruits from all the way across the grocery store. The sticker on the fruit's side claimed it was called a Uniq Fruit, and we were intrigued enough to put one in our basket for "research purposes."
The sticker also said to "try cutting it in half like a grapefruit," so this is what we did. The rind wasn't as thick as we were expecting - about the same as a grapefruit, really. The flesh on the inside was pinkish-orange and super
juicy. We didn't see any seeds in the uniq fruit we tried.
It tasted like a cross between an orange and a grapefruit. That is to say, definitely sweet but with enough sour bite to still give it an edge. The sour quality seemed more mellow and less puckery than any grapefruit we've had before.
A little research revealed that "Uniq" is another moniker for Ugli fruits, which have actually been around for a while
. We're suckers for new marketing, apparently! These fruits are a crossbreed of tangerines, grapefruits, and oranges, and are said to have a lower acidity than other citrus.
We actually really enjoyed this fruit and would definitely buy it again! It's so juicy that we immediately started thinking of ways to use it in the kitchen. Uniq fruit curd, anyone? Perhaps a posset? And of course, it would make a killer margarita or gin gimlet.
What do you think of this fruit?
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(Images: Emma Christensen)