What is a honeybell? Even the name sounds beautiful, calling to mind an image of a sweet, golden bell. But you can actually eat these bells – and not only are they good as they sound, they’re good for you, too! Read on for the answers to top five frequently asked questions about this rare, delightful fruit:
What is a honeybell orange?
Also known as “tangelos,” honeybell oranges aren’t oranges at all, but a cross between a sweet Dancy tangerine and a juicy grapefruit. The word “tangelo” comes from a blending of the words “tangerine” and “pomelo” (pomelos are the ancestor of the modern grapefruit).
Honeybells have loose skin, making them easier to peel than a common sweet orange. About the size of an adult’s fist, the “bell” part of the name comes from the protuberance at the stem ends that gives the honeybell tangelo its distinctive bell-like shape. Honeybells have few to no seeds and a lovely, honey-sweet flavor with just a hint of tanginess.
When are honeybell oranges in season?
The honeybell oranges’ season is, regrettably, rather short – from mid-November to early February, so not quite three months – which is why you might have trouble finding them in your local stores. Therefore, keep your eyes open and snap them up when you can – or better still, buy them online at Pittman & Davis!
Where does a honeybell orange tree grow?
When it comes to honeybells, plant location is a major factor for successful growth. Because they are extremely sensitive to even slight variations in temperature, honeybells can only be grown in certain regions of the country. Today, most of the honeybell trees in America grow along a section of the Indian River in Florida (which is why they are also known as Florida honeybells or Indian River honeybells). You can also find honeybell groves in parts of California, Arizona and Texas.
Where can I buy honeybell oranges near me?
If you’ve done a web search for “honeybell oranges near me” or “honeybells near me” and come up short, it’s not surprising – Florida honeybell oranges are generally harvested in January, and their fruit must be handpicked or clipped. Between their limited growing location, short harvest season, and difficulty in harvesting them, honeybells can be very difficult to find! Unless you live in an area local to where they’re grown, you’re best bet is to order them online. Pittman & Davis Honeybells are a bestseller, and you’re guaranteed to get the freshest-picked fruit available.
Are honeybells healthy to eat?
Honeybell fruit is a nutritional powerhouse, standing out as an excellent source of certain vitamins and minerals. A large honeybell can fulfill your entire daily vitamin C requirement as well as provide you with around 5% of your daily vitamin A and calcium needs. Keep in mind, though, if you take medication that is affected by eating grapefruit, you should avoid honeybells as one of their parent fruits is grapefruit.