|Availability||Jan 27 to Feb 20|
|Status||Avail. Next Season|
|Shipped to||US* & Canada**|
|*excluding AK, HI|
**excluding T, V, X, Y codes
Missed the short Florida Honeybell season? We've got you covered with these beautiful and delicious Honeybells from our California groves. Like our Florida Bells, they're only available for a few short weeks - but in February!
Honeybells are coveted from southern Florida to Seattle, Washington for their juiciness, sweetness and bright citrus flavor. These Honeybells, from the same parentage but grown in the terroir of California's Central Valley, have their own interpretation of the Honeybell palate. This is your opportunity to compare and contrast these east coast/west coast cousins.
Honeybells are 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.
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.
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.
One medium Honeybell or 1 cup sections (3.5 ounces in weight) contains:
Package Particulars Recommended for: 1-2 persons Weight (approx.): 3.8 lb/1.7 kg Pieces (approx.): 6 Honeybells Available to: U.S. and Canada
Package Particulars Recommended for: 1-2 persons Weight (approx.): 8.3 lb/3.7 kg Pieces (approx.): 12-18 Honeybells Available to: U.S. and Canada
Package Particulars Recommended for: 2-3 persons Weight (approx.): 16.0 lb/7.2 kg Pieces (approx.): 24 Honeybells Available to: U.S. and Canada
Package Particulars Recommended for: 3-4 persons Weight (approx.): 23.7 lb/10.7 kg Pieces (approx.): 36 Honeybells Available to: U.S. and Canada
Package Particulars Recommended for: 4-6 persons Weight (approx.): 31.4 lb/14.2 kg Pieces (approx.): 48 Honeybells Available to: U.S. and Canada