The ugli fruit was found growing wild in Jamaica, and it is believed to be a hybrid of grapefruit and tangerine, and perhaps pomelo. It is indeed a rather ugly fruit - mostly green and wrinkled until it is fully ripe, when it turns orange like ours.
It's available from December through April, and sometimes in the fall.We cut it open and found two heart-shaped halves with enormous segment of citrus inside. The peel is very thick and soft and peels away easily. It almost falls away from the juicy segments.
The segments tasted almost exactly like ripe navel orange, sweet and juicy.The skin around the segments is a little thick for our taste, though - almost unpleasantly papery.
If these grew in our backyard (in Jamaica!) we would gladly eat them. But frankly, we would prefer oranges from Florida over these at this point, especially at $2.99 each.
(Images: Faith Hopler)