Are tangelos good for you?
Generally speaking, all fruits are good for you; it is just that some fruits taste better, are juicier and have more nutritional benefits than others. Use honeybell tangelos as an example. Honeybells are premium citrus fruit that are well-known for their intensely sweet taste and super juicy and flavorful flesh.
What are Tangelos?
Tangelos are citrus fruit hybrid of citrus reticulata, tangerine or mandarin, and citrus maxima or pomelo. The portmanteau name tangelo was created from tangerine and pomelo.
Regular oranges may be similar to tangelos but you can easily distinguish tangelos by their elongated or protruding neck that is not a common trait among other citrus fruits. There are a few varieties of Tangelos in the market today, with the Minneola honeybell fruit and Orlando Tangelos being the most popular.
- Orlando – this type of tangelo is fairly large in size and boasts of mild and sweet flavor. It emits a distinct zesty smell and has a flat-round shape with the tangelos’ unmistakable knob. This variety is only available from the third week of November until the first two weeks of February.
- Minneola – Minneolas, popularly known as honeybell oranges are actually a cross between the tart Duncan grapefruit and sweet Dancy tangerine. This cultivar was released in 1931 by the USDA Horticultural Research Station in Orlando and was named after Minneola, Florida. Honeybell orange season is from December to February, with January as the peak of the season.
- Tangelos are a great source of vitamins A, B-6, C, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin and pantothenic acid. One medium sized fruit contains 45 percent of the daily recommended vitamin C for an adult. Getting enough vitamins in your body, especially vitamin C, can help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease and hypertension, age-related macular degeneration, and possibly cancer.
- Tangelos also contain potassium, magnesium and calcium. Potassium can help prevent strokes, while high calcium intake can help strengthen the bones and at the same time lower cholesterol levels. Sufficient magnesium intake can lower the risk of depression and diabetes.
- Minneola, Orlando and other varieties of tangelos are rich in dietary fiber. A medium-sized fruit contains about 8 per cent of the recommended dietary allowance of fiber, which also ensures smooth digestion. Dietary fiber also prevents hypertension, stroke and promotes weight loss, plus it can also aid in lowering blood sugar levels in the body.