ABC SUPERFOODS: U is for Ugli Fruit

Benefits
This fruit was accidentally discovered in Jamaica and is mainly grown there, too. Don’t let their wrinkly, uneven colored, “ugly” peel fool you. Inside, this citrus fruit tastes sweet. It is a cross between a grapefruit, orange and a tangerine. A single serving (1/2 the fruit) of Ugli provides 70% of the DV of Vitamin C. It helps promote healthy gums and boosts immunity. This fruit lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and improves gastrointestinal health. Other benefits include lowering blood pressure and preventing kidney stones.

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At the Market
-This fruit is available only for a short time, from November to April.
-Select fruit that is heavy for its size.
-Smaller fruit is likely to have a better taste than larger.

In the Kitchen
-If stored at room temperature, it will keep for up to 5 days.
-If stored in the refrigerator, it will keep for 2 weeks.
-Peel like an orange, or cut in half like a grapefruit and eat the flesh with a spoon.
-Use as a substitute in any recipe requiring citrus fruit.

Recipe

Ugli Fruit Smoothie

1 Ugli Fruit, Peeled and Quartered
1 banana
1/4 c. pure pineapple juice
1/4 c. milk
2 Tbs. white sugar (you can totally use honey or agave nectar)
8 ice cubes

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Peel and cut up the ugli fruit – try to only keep the fleshy juicy part and not the skin around each segment – it just tastes better that way.
Peel and slice the banana.
Put the ugli fruit, banana, pineapple juice, milk and sugar into your blender and process until smooth. (or as smooth as you like – we left some random pieces of fruit in there).
Add the ice and blend again.
Pour into cups and serve immediately.

Recipe taken from Daily Dish Recipes.

How do you plan to use the Ugli fruit?

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