UGLI Markets


We Were Founded In Jamaica


An ugli fruit does not exist! UGLI®, though is the brand name used by Cabel Hall Citrus Ltd., and its licensees for marketing The Exotic Tangelo from Jamaica™. This tangelo was discovered growing wild near Brown’s Town in Jamaica and was developed commercially by the family which discovered the original tree.

When buying the UGLI® brand of tangelos do not be deterred by their odd shape, or their wrinkly, green, yellowish or sometimes russet skin. Rather, take a bite of the sweet juicy flesh which will tantalize your taste buds. You will love their sweet tangy flavour. They are easily peeled to be eaten by the peg, or the flesh used in salads, yogurts, ice cream and soufflés, or cut in half to be eaten with a spoon extracting the luscious deep orange juicy flesh.

The UGLI® brand was developed when in 1934 an importer wrote to ask for “..more of that ugly fruit…” whereupon the spelling was changed and the trade mark registered. The somewhat odd appearance comes from the rough wrinkly greenish-yellow skin, wrapped loosely around succulent orange pulpy flesh inside. The fruit is slightly larger than a grapefruit, but has a sweet tangy taste unlike the bitter taste of grapefruit

Americans and Europeans pronounce the brand name like ugly, while in Jamaica it is pronounced “hugly”!

It is seasonal from November to May, but sometimes is available in July to September, depending on the weather conditions at its home in Jamaica..

When selecting UGLI®, check that the fruit carries a sticker label exactly like one of those which appear on this page, or one with the trade mark UGLI® clearly printed on it. This will assure you that you are buying only the best quality and taste.

UGLI® IS distributed in the main throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia. It is available in the leading chain stores or supermarkets, and from wholesalers and specialist fruit dealers and retailers throughout these and other countries. Each country has its own exclusive importer/distributor that has many years of experience in the importation, storage, selling and distribution of fresh produce.