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Honeybells

Honeybells

Our Honeybells are dripping with sweetness and sparkling with juice. Available for only a few short weeks in January and February, lovers of Honeybells wait anxiously for this season. Why are Honeybells so special? Here are the 4 S's:

  • Sweetness - Hands-down Honeybells have the sweetest flavor around. No other variety can touch the Honeybell's sweetness.
  • Succulence - Honeybells have so much delicious juice you may want to eat them in the bathtub. No other fruit has as much juice as Florida Honeybells.
  • Skin - The outside of a Honeybell is a deep orange color that's easy to peel. Inside this fruit is just as richly colored, seedless and easy to section.
  • Shape - The Honeybell has a unique bell shape that's hard to miss. Just follow the "ahhs."

Honeybell lovers begin ordering this special fruit in the Fall. With supplies limited by the short harvest season we urge you to Please Order Early to reserve your special Honeybell treat.

Honeybells are most enjoyed for fresh eating out of hand, however the juice of the Honeybell is also very delicious. The juice will generally hold its flavor for 2-3 days in the refrigerator, but neither the juice nor the fruit will freeze well.

Prefer to order mixed Honeybells and Ruby Red Grapefruit? Select Reds and Bells.

FastFacts
Availability Jan 2 to Feb 10
Status Avail. Next Season
Shipped to US* & Canada**
*excluding AK, HI
**excluding T, V, X, Y codes
No Longer Available This Season

Pictures from the Honeybell grove, January 2014

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Honeybells Product Specifications

9 Pieces
Package Particulars
  Recommended for:  1 person
  Orange-Grapefruit-Mixed?:  Specify mixed to
    include Ruby Red Grapefruit
  Weight (approx.):  6 lb/2.5 kg
  Pieces (approx.):  9 Honeybells -OR-
    5 Honeybells, 3 grapefruit
  Available to: U.S. and Canada
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1 Tray
Package Particulars
  Recommended for:  1 person
  Orange-Grapefruit-Mixed?:  Specify mixed to
    include Ruby Red Grapefruit
  Weight (approx.):  9.5 lb/4.3 kg
  Pieces (approx.):  12-15 Honeybells -OR-
    6-8 Honeybells, 4 grapefruit
  Available to: U.S. and Canada
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Jumbo Tray
Package Particulars
  Recommended for:  1-3 persons
  Orange-Grapefruit-Mixed?:  Specify mixed to
    include Ruby Red Grapefruit
  Weight (approx.):  16 lb/7 kg
  Pieces (approx.):  18-20 Honeybells -OR-
    9 Honeybells, 6 grapefruit
  Available to: U.S. and Canada
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2 Trays
Package Particulars
  Recommended for:  2-3 persons
  Orange-Grapefruit-Mixed?:  Specify mixed to
    include Ruby Red Grapefruit
  Weight (approx.):  19 lb/8.6 kg
  Pieces (approx.):  24-30 Honeybells -OR-
    16 Honeybells, 9 grapefruit
  Available to: U.S. and Canada
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3 Trays
Package Particulars
  Recommended for:  3-5 persons
  Orange-Grapefruit-Mixed?:  Specify mixed to
    include Ruby Red Grapefruit
  Weight (approx.):  29 lb/13 kg
  Pieces (approx.):  36-45 Honeybells -OR-
    24 Honeybells, 12 grapefruit
  Available to: U.S. and Canada
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4 Trays
Package Particulars
  Recommended for:  4-6 persons
  Orange-Grapefruit-Mixed?:  Specify mixed to
    include Ruby Red Grapefruit
  Weight (approx.):  39 lb/17.5 kg
  Pieces (approx.):  48-60 Honeybells -OR-
    32 Honeybells, 16 grapefruit
  Available to: U.S. and Canada
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Availability
Our Florida Honeybells are available January to February.

"Make it Deluxe" option not available to Arizona, California, Louisiana and Texas; also some portions of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Nevada.

History
The Honeybell is actually a tangelo, that is, a tangerine-grapefruit hybrid. It is also called "Minneola Tangelo." It was developed by researchers in central Florida, near Orlando, and released to growers and the public by the USDA Horticultural Research Station in 1931. The citrus world hasn't been the same since.

Honeybells were developed by crossing Duncan Grapefruit with Dancy Tangerines. The Duncan is known for its rich, sweet flavor and juice, but it is also very seedy. The Dancy Tangerine is sweet and flavorful but also small with seeds. Crossing these two varieties resulted in a large orange with a delicious sweet-acid flavor and extremely high juice content. Honeybells are usually seedless or have very few seeds.

No Concern About Drug Interaction
According to the USDA Agricultural Research Center (ARC) there is no concern about drug interaction. Many medical professionals recommend to patients that they do not consume grapefruit when taking certain drugs, especially statins like Lipitor and Zocor, due to compounds in grapefruit that prevent breakdown of these drugs. Because Honeybells have grapefruit parentage some people have asked about whether Honeybells will also interact with these drugs. A study by ARC determined that tangelo hybrids, including Honeybells, do not contain the compounds which cause the interaction. Complete information is available online in the report, TANGERINE/GRAPEFRUIT HYBRIDS (TANGELOS) DO NOT HAVE FURANOCOUMARINS ASSOCIATED WITH GRAPEFRUIT/DRUG INTERACTIONS.

Nutritional Information
One medium Honeybell or 1 cup sections (3.5 ounces in weight) contains:

  • 47 calories
  • .94 gm protein
  • 11.8 gm carbohydrates
  • 2.4 gm dietary fiber
  • .12 gm fat
  • 86.8% water
  • 21 RE vitamin A
  • 53.2 mg vitamin C
  • 30.3 mcg folate
  • 40 mg calcium
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