The Famous Honeybell Orange
What does it take to make the perfect fruit? You might think that good soil, sunshine, rainfall, and a little TLC are all you need to produce esculent edibles, but you'd be wrong. In the past century or so, many of the most popular fruits were created through hybridization–which is the process of crossing different fruit species or varieties to create new ones. The grapefruit, tangelo, and Valencia orange are all hybrid fruits that have reached mass audiences. Then there's the Honeybell Orange.
One of the rarest and most sought-after eating oranges on Earth, the Honeybell is a hybrid of the Duncan or Bowen variety of grapefruit and the Darcy variety of tangerine–which means that technically it is not an orange. That is why most fruit growers or pomologists call them Minneola tangelos, after the city in Florida where they were first cultivated.
Grown primarily in the Sunshine State along the banks of the Indian River, Honeybells are widely considered to be the juiciest, tastiest eating oranges or tangelos in the world today. With the size and coloring of the grapefruit and the juiciness and high sugar content of the tangerine, they are the closest thing we have to a perfect hand fruit. But because they require extra attention and have a short harvest period, few orchard owners and fruit growers take the time to plant large crops of Honeybell Oranges each year.
Order in Advance
Unlike most other citrus varieties, Honeybell Oranges are only available for one month each year. Because of their extreme sensitivity to cold weather, they must be harvested in late December or early January. In most cases, they must also be handpicked, so as not to damage their distinctive bell-shaped stem end.What's more, the entire Honeybell Orange crop is incredibly inconsistent from year to year.
For fruit lovers and connoisseurs, this means that the supply is almost always smaller than the demand.In other words, if you wait until the very last moment to order them, don't expect anything in the mail. And if you do receive a shipment of Honeybells, odds are they'll be the runts of the proverbial litter. The only way to ensure that you get the best of the bushel is to place your order several weeks, even months in advances of the harvest period.
Here at Pittman & Davis, we take great pride in our Honeybell Oranges, which are one of our top-selling products. To place your order, please visit pittmandavis.com today!