How to Know When Ugli Fruit Is Ripe

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Originally from Jamaica, ugli fruit belongs to the citrus family and has a flavor similar to grapefruit and tangerines. Ugli fruit is available through December to April. Rich in vitamin C, these fruits range from 4 to 6 inches and are easy to enjoy. For the best flavor, you'll need to eat the fruit when it's at its juiciest and ripest. Fortunately, you can quickly and easily examine the fruit correctly to choose the best one.

Hold ugli fruit in your hand, and give it a gentle squeeze. Feel the rind. It should feel loose and slightly dry. This is an indication that the fruit has absorbed the moisture from the rind.

Weigh the fruit in your hand, checking for heaviness. The fruit should feel dense and heavy, not lightweight.

Examine the fruit for black or brown spots. Throw away bruised and discolored fruit, as this may be a sign of decomposition.

Tips & Warnings

  • Changes in the color of the skin aren't necessarily indications of ripeness.
  • Consult your grocery store's produce manager if you have doubts about a fruit's ripeness.

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