What is a Honeybell Orange?
Imagine being surrounded by different varieties of oranges, tangerines, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons and limes. You are being inundated with varying aromatic citrus fragrances and feel refreshed and revitalized.
But did you know that there is another citrus fruit that is so rare and unique in taste and shape that it is placed on an elite throne in the citrus pantheon?
Not a tangerine not a pomelo, it is a tangelo. Honeybells or Minneola Tangelo (botanical name Citrus reticulata x C. paradise) is a cross between the sweet Dancy Tangerine and tart Duncan grapefruit giving it a perfect flavor combination of tartness and sweetness.
Facts About Honeybells
- Released by the USDA Horticultural Research Station in Orlando in 1931 and named after the town Minneola, Florida.
- Honey bell oranges are characterized by large, round fruit with a pronounced stem-end neck giving it a bell-shaped appearance, which is the fruit’s single-most recognizable physical feature.
- The typical size of honeybell oranges are 3 to 3½ inches in diameter and weigh half a pound or more.
- The honeybell tangelos’ rind has a tantalizing bright-reddish-orange flaming hue. It is also this and loose which makes it easy to peel.
- When it comes to flavor and juice, the honeybell orange is in a league of its own. Honeybells boast having one of the sweetest flavors citrus fruit has to offer. The flesh is also succulent. Be ready with a napkin or towel as the amount of juice inside a honeybell orange is bound to create a mess if you’re not careful. There is way more juice than flesh.
- Honeybell season is short: It lasts from late December through January and if we are lucky, up to the second week of February. This hard to find citrus is a premium gift with limited availability as the demand always exceeds supply. So if you want to get ahold of this succulent fruit you have to order it online as early as you can.
Because of its flavor and juice content, Honeybells are best eaten right off the peel. However, it is also great addition to other type of dishes such as fruit and green salads, smoothies and other fruit drinks. You can also use it as focaccia topping or make it into a wonderful citrus marmalade.
Servings: 1 Honeybell Orange
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|Total Fat||0 g||Potassium||0 mg|
|Saturated||0 g||Total Carbs||11 g|
|Polyunsaturated||0 g||Dietary Fiber||2 g|
|Monounsaturated||0 g||Sugars||8 g|
|Trans||0 g||Protein||1 g|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Top of Form