The fruit’s name changed from Exotic Tangelo to Ugli in 1934 when an importer wrote to ask for “..more of that ugly fruit…” Because of its ugly appearance--rough, wrinkly, greenish-yellow peel wrapped loosely around orange pulpy citrus flesh--the name caught on. The spelling was changed to Ugli, and the trademark was registered. Americans and Europeans pronounce the name ugly, while in Jamaica it is pronounced “hugly.”
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