Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Food in Film: Ugli Fruit

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

A food addict and connoisseur of tasteful films reviews Food in Film, starring...

Ugli fruit

What do you get when you cross an orange, a tangerine, and a grapefruit? The Jamaican uniq fruit, trademarked as UGLI.

UGLI®️ fruit. Photo by GabeB, Flickr
I'm not certain if uniq fruit can be found in a film, but it gave me a good reason to watch Cool Runnings (1993) again. There's a scene where Derice Bannock (Leon) runs through a marketplace and we see some women carrying baskets of what appears to be citrus fruit. Could be uniq fruit, but I don't know.

Research revealed over 30 films shot in Jamaica, but I haven't seen most of them. So why write about uniq or UGLI®️ fruit?

Because the fruit is known for its unattractive skin, yet it yields juicy sweetness inside. It makes me wonder about foods we might refuse to eat because of the way it looks (or smells) and films we might not see because they don't appeal to us.

For years I thought blue-cheese dressing would be disgusting... but then I finally tried it, and loved it.

My husband humored me when I wanted to see Sullivan's Travels (1941). He was certain it would be boring, but watched it with me, anyway. You guessed it... the film is now his favorite comedy.

Do you have examples of foods and/or films you initially avoided but later loved?

30 comments:

FinnBadger said...

Avocados... turns out I love them now.

I have been avoiding Passengers because of the awful reviews, however several friends whose film opinions I trust said they loved it, so now it's on my list to watch.

Phillip | U is for Unexpected

Arlee Bird said...

I've never tried ugli fruit, but I would if I had some. My wife refuses to try blue cheese in any form and it's one of my favorite cheeses. She is very wary about trying a lot of things.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Trudy said...

I wasn't sure about avocados when I was little, but turns out I love them too!

I've haven't seen Passengers. It sounds intriguing, I'll watch for it.

Trudy said...

My husband used to mock me every time I had blue cheese dressing. "Eeeew... how can you eat that stuff?" Finally, after many years, he gave it a go, and now he likes it even sharper than I do.

Leanna said...

Sauerkraut, bleu cheese dressing, lobster, crab, artichoke, curry, sushi--all things I used to be too scared of to try, and now they're some of my favorite foods!

Gail Park said...

Great post! Had to go over and read about Sullivan's Travels as well. Cheers!
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Gail Park

Making Life an Art

Keith's Ramblings said...

Ugli fruit live up their name but they are absolutley delicious. I read the Divergent novels but initially avoided the films because they are so often disappointing. Wrong! They were great and number four is due out soon!

Another day in Amble Bay!

Trudy said...

Now they belong on a list of all things delicious!

I just thought of another food I could have used: fish tacos. I avoided them for a long time, but turns out they are yummy!

Trudy said...

Thanks for visiting both posts! I responded to the comment you left on Sullivan's Travels, too. I hope you get a chance to watch it.

Trudy said...

That's another film I could have mentioned... I was assigned to write a review on Allegiant, the 3rd of the Divergent Films, and wouldn't have watched it otherwise, but I found it interesting and look forward to the 4th installment!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Susanne,

Foods that are slimy gross me out like raw eggs or caviar. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like eating these things. I can't think of anything I thought I wouldn't like and later discovered that I liked it.

For a long time I was reluctant to watching The Walking Dead series. I thought it was stupid and thought how could it be good? Then, we got started on it and are total fans of the program.

Thanks for visiting, Art Sketching Through the Alphabet "U" (Unicorn)!

~Curious as a Cathy

Trudy said...

I've had raw egg, and it was gross. Not all things become favorites, that's for sure!

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Ah yes, I think lots of food might not look the most appealing, but under the peel is delicious! I mean, when you think about it, kiwis look really weird, but in reality they're totally delicious. ;)

Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. See my “U” post here: https://lydiahowe.com/2017/04/25/u-is-for-uncle-izaac-atozchallenge/

Eva A. said...

In this case, they say that the beauty is inside.Not sure if we can say the same of blobfish...
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Eva - Mail Adventures

Donna H said...

I avoided cooked cabbage because I remembered an awful smell from it cooking as a child. But there have been several recipes lately that contained cooked cabbage that I finally took a chance. I liked it, but then again I cooked it in bacon grease so that might have helped! Girl Who Reads

Jamie Dorner said...

I thought eel would be gross. But now it's one of my favs.
I'm at a Wegman's grocery store right now. I'll have to see if they have ugli fruit.

Trudy said...

You're right, the kiwi is odd... especially the texture of the peel... but they are so tasty!

Trudy said...

The poor blobfish. It can't help it, but oh my goodness, it got the short end of the stick when it comes to looks.

Trudy said...

Cooked cabbage can have an off-putting smell. I love it with corned beef, though!

My husband would tell you that EVERYTHING tastes better with bacon!

Trudy said...

I had eel at a sushi restaurant and was pleasantly surprised.

Did you find ugli fruit at the grocery store?

Leanne said...

It's a bit like people isn't it? Sometimes we are fooled by a pretty face, or we don't give credit to an old wrinkled one and miss out on so much.
Leanne | cresting the hill

Trudy said...

So true. Definitely like people too. Thanks for adding that thought!

Karen O'Connor said...

I love lobster but I've always understood why some people might not want to try it. WeekendsInMaine

Denise said...

Kale. My first experience was a raw kale salad I had to make in culinary class. Nothing I added could make it edible INO, those the chef liked it. Now I use Blue Apron. They love to include kale and I have learned to eat it as long as it is cooked and seasoned well.

Val said...

No organ meat for me. BTW, a couple of years ago I did a food thing for the A-Z and made Ugli Fruit cocktails - one with vodka and one with honey bourbon. Yummy. My Virtual Vineyard

Trudy said...

Lobsters are pretty funny looking, but delicious!

Trudy said...

I can handle kale in small amounts in a smoothie or salad, but I do use a large amount in one of my soup recipes. It tastes great in the soup because of the seasonings I imagine.

Trudy said...

Yep, there are limited food choices for the letter U!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Trudy - I don't see Ugli fruit around much ... my father brought back some from Waterloo Station in the 50s - it must have been the first time they were in England (give or take a couple of years) - from a barrow 'boy' - the way fruit and veg were collected from Covent Garden - the market - to sell and tempt commuters ... it was delicious as you say.

Thankfully I enjoy most foods - one or two I can't eat - macadamia and brazil nuts ... too rich I think ... but Marks and Spencers had to show consumers how to eat avocados when they were first on the shelves here ... some people thought they were pears - and a desert, others that they had to be cooked ... probably like baked potatoes ... but avos need to come with a 'How to Eat' ... note!!

Cheers Hilary - there's a drink in the W below?!

http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/w-is-for-whistlejacket.html

Trudy said...

I can't imagine what happens to an avocado if baked like a potato. Sounds disgusting. At least nowadays we can search the Internet for instructions on how to prepare certain foods. We get spoiled with the information at our fingertips.