Ugli, the name of this fruit will turn many people away from it, but is actually sweet on the inside. A member of the citrus family, ugli fruit is an essential source of vitamins, minerals and powerful anti-oxidants.
Originated in Jamaica in the 19th century and is still popularly grown today, a fruit that is really ugly, it is green and wrinkled until it ripes and is easily peeled and can be done with the hands. Ugli fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, fibre, folic acid, vitamin A, protein, calcium, iron, carbohydrates and is low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol.
Ugli fruit is slightly larger than a grapefruit and this fruit have an attractive interior with a delicious and nutritious taste and is partly seedless. Ugli fruit is a cross between a Seville orange, a grapefruit and a tangerine, and is available between the months of November to April.
Health Benefits Of Consuming Ugli Fruit:-
The yellow pigment in the flesh and the skin of the ugli fruit contains flavonoids or bioflavonoids, these phenols are strong antioxidants that help counteract free radicals that cause chronic diseases like cancer.
Enriched with vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fiber, this delicious fruit is known to improve, heal and promote the gastrointestinal health. It is also helpful in maintaining bowel integrity and prevents constipation.
Apart from its large vitamin C content, this unique fruit has very similar nutritional values to other citrus fruits but with a significant difference and is more palatable if you dislike oranges.
The pulp of the Ugli fruit can be applied on the skin to enhance the complexion.
Ugli fruit also contains anti-allergic properties and at the same time help to control blood pressure.
It is also known to strengthen the immune system and protects the body from infections and ward off cold, influenza (flu) and aids in weight loss. The name of the fruit might be a turn off, but just consuming it will leave you feeling refresh and healthy.