Oh Honeybell!

February 24, 2020

 

This week we are excited to introduce you to some delicious tangelos. Nicknamed “The Honeybell” because of its bell shape, the Minneola tangelo is a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit. Its large size and slightly elongated “neck” make it easy to recognize. The most popular of the tangelos, seedless Minneolas are brimming with sweetly tart juice.

 

Minneolas are hybrids of a tangerine and a grapefruit. They are so distinctive that they earned their own classification in scientific terms, called tangelo, derived from tangerine x pomelo hybrid. (Aside Pomelo = Grapefruit; Pummelo = Shaddock or pample mousse).

 

The first crosses were done by Dr. Walter T. Swingle in Eustis, Florida, in 1897, and Dr. Herbert J. Webber in Riverside, California, in 1898. The Minneola itself is a hybrid of the Bowen grapefruit and the Dancy tangerine. It was first released in 1931 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Horticultural Research Station in Orlando, Florida. The Minneola has become such a popular fruit because of its similarity to the delicious flavor of the tangerine, without the seeds.

 

Also included in this week's delivery:

 

- Green grapes

- Raspberry basket

- Stem & leaf mandarins

- Pink Lady apples

- Rainforest-Alliance certified bananas

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