What is the Difference Between a Navel Orange and a Honeybell
Navel oranges and honeybell oranges are both citrus fruits, but what distinguishes one from the other? Both are winter fruits (though the honeybell’s season is shorter than navel orange season), both have orange peels and both taste fantastic, there are a lot of differences as well. Here’s a quick rundown:
What is a Navel Orange?
The navel orange actually grows a second “twin” fruit opposite its stem. The second fruit remains underdeveloped, but from the outside, it resembles a human navel—hence the name. Navels are part of the winter citrus family. They peel easily and are one of the world’s most popular winter fruits.
There are different varieties of navel orange (including the cara cara orange, the Washington navel orange and the red navel orange). Do navel oranges have seeds When comparing non-navel varieties like Valencia vs. navel oranges, that’s the first big difference – navel oranges are seedless, and to reproduce a navel orange tree needs to be grafted. (This is not a new process…for instance, the heirloom navel oranges are oranges grown from “old line” Washington navel orange tree in the San Joaquin Valley using natural horticulture techniques over 100 years old.)
What is a Honeybell Orange?
Honeybell Oranges, also known as Minneola Tangelos, are a citrus fruit. They are actually hybrids of a Darcy Tangerine and Duncan Grapefruit.
Honeybells are usually the size of an adult fist and have a mixed sweet and sour flavor of the sweet mandarin and the tart flavored grapefruit. They’re also very juicy. You can easily identify Honeybells by their stem-end neck, which gives them the bell shape that inspired their name. Honeybells are bright reddish orange when mature. Although they come of a tangerine cross, they come in large sizes (usually between 3 and 3 ½ inches in diameter). They also tend to have a few seeds (10 on average).
Navel Orange Nutrition Facts
For a medium-sized navel orange, calories equal 60 (for a large navel orange, calories equal 69), and about 17.5g carbs in a navel orange. When you want a quick snack, you can’t get much better than navel orange nutrition: a navel orange size medium provides 116% of the daily value of vitamin C; 13% of dietary fiber; 10% folate; 8% thiamin; 7% potassium; 6% vitamin A; and 5% calcium. This makes them a great snack for any time of day.
Honeybells are Sweet–and Neat!
The aroma, juiciness, and sweetness of an orange can be the perfect afternoon pick-me-up at the office. But there are some of us who don’t eat oranges at our desk because we’re afraid of spraying juice everywhere while trying to get the peel off!
Honeybells, on the other hand, have loose skins, so they are pretty easy to peel (especially when compared to regular oranges). Honeybells also make great snacks because, in spite of being super-sweet, they’re only 50 calories (less than an orange!), and have lots of fiber to make you feel full. Honeybells are also great in many recipes from salad to dessert. But they’re only around for a short time (December to February), so don’t wait to order yours!