Call them Honey Bells, Tangelos or Minneola Tangelo this fruit is bloody delicious. Find out how this divine fruit was created.
What makes a tangelo different from a tangerine, mandarin, or an orange? They are a hybrid fruit, made from the natural genetic crossing of two different fruits by a horticulturist. Tangelos are a cross between a Dancy tangerine and a variety of grapefruit called pomelo. Their name borrows a little from each, tang-elo. The sweet mix of tangerine but tart and tangy grapefruit results in taste bud bending experience which are the minneola tangelo.
The HoneyBell gets its reddish orange colour and bulging neck at the stem end that makes it bell shaped. Tangelos are extremely juicy and explode in the mouth when eaten as the segment membranes struggle to hold the juice in Officially named Minneola Tangelo, everyone that has the distinct pleasure of eating one calls them HoneyBells.
Honey Balls are only available for several weeks in January. Probably, to give us something in January to look forward to.
Seedless and easy to peel, Minneolas make a great choice for healthy snacking, throw them in a lunchbox or sit down and enjoy!
How to Buy
When shopping for Minneolas, look for a bright reddish-orange fruit about the size of a baseball or slightly larger, with a small, characteristic bulb protruding on the stem end. Select fruit that is heavy for its size, with soft, pliable skin. Citrus fruits with a stiff or firm peel are sometimes less juicy, or “dry,” inside. A fresh Minneola should last in your fruit bowl for a week to ten days but should be refrigerated if kept longer (up to 3-4 weeks). See below for how your Minneola Tangelo should look when purchasing
Almost all the Honeybells in the US are grown in a small region of Florida. It’s one reason they’re not so easy to come by. With its ability to fight off the pests and diseases that commonly plague most citrus fruit trees.
Minneola Tangelo Nutritional Value
An average tangelo may contain up to 32 calories. It also contains 0.08 grams of total fat, 7.99 milligrams of calcium, 0.01 grams of saturated fats, 160 milligrams of vitamin C, 0.017 grams of polyunsaturated fats, 6.36 grams of sugar, 0.016 grams of monounsaturated fats, 0.64 grams of proteins, 7.99 grams of total carbohydrates, 123 milligrams of potassium and 16 grams of dietary fiber. It does not contain any iron, vitamin A or cholesterol.
Tangelo Health Benefits
Tangelo provides the human body with all the health benefits that oranges provide. It is a remarkable source of flavonoids and vitamin C. It is very efficient in prevention and treatment of certain medical conditions such as common cold, bronchitis, throat infections, asthma and all the other problems that may affect the lower and upper respiratory tract.
Tangelo may also come in very handy in fighting the free radicals and reducing the damage they cause. It is very beneficial in slowing down the process of aging, boosting the immune system and reducing the risks of different types of viral infections and cancers.
How to Produce
Minneola Tangelo trees grow to the size of the standard orange tree and are more cold hardy than a grapefruit but less so than the tangerine, If you are interested in growing one yourself head over to Gardening Know How!