Are tangelos good for you?
A cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine, tangelos have a very distinctive shape and equally unique taste. Sizes vary, with some tangelos having a standard orange size, while some varieties can be as big as a grapefruit. It is widely believed the first hybrid originated from Southeast Asia. Something most tangelos have in common is a loose, thin peel, making them perfect to eat out of hand.
Most tangelo trees are fairly large and can grow up to 6 meters high and 4 meters wide. There are very strict requirements to successfully grow tangelos since they thrive only in areas with dry winters and warm summers. Since they are a natural hybrid, it isn’t strange for the resulting fruit to vary from the parent tree.
One of the most popular kinds of tangelo is the Honeybell, also known as the Minneola tangelo. This particular hybrid is a cross between the Duncan grapefruit and the Dancy tangerine. Honeybells are easily recognizable by their protruding nub at the stem end of the fruit, giving it a bell shape, hence the name. Honeybell orange season is short and usually comes around late January and ends around early February. Combined with its rarity and its juicy, tart flavor, the honeybell fruit is easily one of the most sought after citrus varieties during winter.
Other popular tangelo varieties include Ugli or Jamaican tangelos, Southeast Asia’s Rangpur, and China’s Yuzu.
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Similar to its citrus cousins, tangelos offer several health benefits. They are rich in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and healthy bowels. They are also a good source of vitamin C, which aids in the growth and repair of tissues, and vitamin A, which helps boost the immune system. Tangelos also contains potassium and magnesium, which help regulate blood pressure and are essential in the regulation of muscle, heart, and nerve function, as well as bone strength.
There are many ways to enjoy tangelos. They are great for jams and marmalades and are also perfect for adding flavor to various cakes and pastries. Their rich color makes them a nice decorative garnish. Tangelo juice is perfect for making sauces or marinades, as well as smoothies or cocktails. Tangelos are also perfect for making salads and fruit tacos.
When choosing a tangelo try to pick the ones with even skin color. Avoid those with bruises or soft spots since it could significantly shorten the fruit’s shelf life. Try to pick ones that feel heavy for their size.
There are several things to note when storing tangelos. Tangelos can keep for up to a week when stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place. Keeping them refrigerated can extend their storage life by another week.