Breakfast Fruit 'Ugli'
"I heard good
things about you, I hope you can help," the voice came from an
old person sitting in dark green 'Humber', an old British auto
make. It was in the parking lot of sugarcane research station in
inside the car carefully to see who was speaking while his
chauffeur was standing with a cordial smile. The old man inside
the car invited Juggernaut into his car to sit next to him. The
person was in his eighties, a person of English descent with
distinct island accent.
"I heard good
things about you," the man repeated himself again. "I am Mr.
Sharp, I own citrus orchards at Trout Hall you know, you see I
have this problem with juice quality of certain Citrus trees on
my farm, I am wondering if you can resolve it for me," Mr. Sharp
was very polite.
"Well, I work with
sugarcane and I am not sure whether I understand problems with
citrus fruits," Juggernaut was hesitant.
"Juice is juice,
whether sugarcane or citrus, is it not?" Mr. Sharp was sharp like
a razor blade in this thought process despite his age.
"Sure, but you can
get help from the experts at Citrus Research Station on the
"I did but not
happy with the results, so if you can help, it will be good," "I
will pick you up tomorrow morning to visit Trout Hall."
The next day
morning the driver was ready at the research station to pick up
Juggernaut and he drove to Mr. Sharp's home on the hills
overlooking the town. He and his wife were very generous at the
breakfast.The drive to Trout Hall on upper Clarendon Hills was
slow and the driver was apparently told to maintain 30 MPH by
Mr. Sharp family
came to the island from Britain in late 1800s to farm and found
excellent location to grow citrus fruits in the Parish of
Clarendon. Oranges, tangerines, grape fruit, lemons and limes and
anything that belong to citrus family is grown on their
farm.Trout Hall orange juice is a popular brand on the island.
Mr. Sharp gave a brief history about special citrus trees on his
farm; decades ago, they found a citrus tree bearing peculiar
shaped fruits. The fruit is larger than an average Grape fruit;
the rind is pale yellow to bright yellow wrinkled like Bulldog
skin and can be peeled easily; slightly pink to colorless flesh
inside with abundant large sections with juice that is not too
sweet, not acidic at all but with a unique tang to its taste. The
amount of juice is plentiful in several large sections like
drinking a small coconut. The fruit was given a name 'Ugli' for
its appearance and with exclusive trade mark license for export.
Nobody in the island can export 'Ugli' fruit except the Sharp
"The problem now is
that the juice is too watery and not tasty, it lost its tang over
the years, I am hoping you would correct it," explained Mr.
Sharp; on reaching the farm, Mr. Sharp came out of his car with
help of his driver and stood tall with his hand stick and showed
the 'Ugli' fruits hanging from a nearby tree.
The fruits really
looked funny with their highly wrinkled skin.Juggernaut picked up
a fruit and removed the peel easily and went on to eat only to
wet his shirt with juice oozing out. It was virtually seedless
with plenty segments separated easily with light pink to
colorless juicy flesh. The juice is rich, sweet, lacks bitterness
and acidity. It was the most delightful experience to taste the
strange looking fruit. The juice tastes not like orange, not like
grape fruit and not like tangerine but a combination all three."A
rare combination of citrus taste in one, only a cross pollination
over a cross pollination and some natural mutation in nature
could only produce a citrus variety like 'Ugli,' fruit thought
collected leaf samples from selected 'Ugli' trees known to
produce the best and the worst quality fruits and in between
along with soil samples to bring back to the lab for analysis.
After carefully studying the analyses results, Juggernaut came
out with a recommendation of plant nutrient combination to
improve the juice quality that included foliar application of
micro-nutrients for the first time.
After few months,
Juggernaut received a phone call from Mr. Sharp."I thank you for
your help, you know my distributor in England supply 'Ugli' fruit
to the Royal family in England on a regular basis, apparently the
Queen likes 'Ugl'i fruit for breakfast and I understand from him
that sherecognized an improvement in the taste witha bit more
tang in the juice lately and liked it, that's a testimony for
your good work," Mr. Sharp was slow in talking. Juggernaut was
delighted to hear the news, particularly the comments from Queen
Elizabeth noticing an improvement in the quality of 'Ugli' fruit.
Later Juggernaut received a bag full of 'Ugli' fruits with
improved taste at his doorsteps, a gift from Mr. Sharp.
fruits are available in supermarkets in US. Whenever Juggernaut
notices 'Ugli' on fruit stand, comments of Queen of England on
breakfast 'Ugli' as told by Mr. Sharp comes to his mind.