The Ugli or Ugli Fruit is a Jamaican form of tangelo. It is a cross between a grapefruit (or pomelo), an orange and a tangerine. It was found growing wild in Jamaica by G. G. R. Sharp, owner of Trout Hall Estate, Jamaica, around 1917, and is mainly grown there today. The name “ugly” refers to the fruit’s unpleasant appearance with rough, wrinkled, greenish-yellow rind and wrapped loosely around the pulp inside.
The fruit is used in the culinary field and for salads, fruit smoothies, marmalades, and sauces. It is very popular in the cosmetic industry for providing excellent skin care. Ugli is used in perfumes and in cleaning products. Ugli essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit. The oil is used in aromatherapy to energize and lift your spirit.