By Sandy Sachs. March 31, 2010.
Honeybells are much more than a tantalizing treat featured in gift baskets. These alluring hybrids of the Duncan grapefruit
and Darcy orange are a healthy, quick snack you can take on the go. Easy to peel and juicy, honeybells are a perfect way to perk up your day.
The loose skin on honeybells
make them one of the easiest citrus fruits to peel. Within less than a minute, you're ready to dig into the juicy sections of a honeybell. The stem end neck is how you identify a honeybell from other oranges. The bell shaped neck also helped give the honeybell its name. Sometimes honeybells are also referred to as Minneola tangelos.
Most honeybells have an eye-catching reddish orange hue upon maturity. Although honeybells are hybrids of tangerines
, they are a larger citrus fruit. Honeybells can be anywhere from 3 inches to 3 ½ inches in diameter. When you hold honeybells in your hand, they weigh up to a half pounds thanks to all the juice inside. Honeybells only have about 10 seeds each on average.
Honeybells can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Never store your honeybells in a tightly closed plastic container or bag that promotes condensation and mold. Honeybells are best stored at a temperature of about 50 degrees. If kept at room temperature, honeybells usually keep for only about four days.
Chilled honeybells are a refreshing snack after a workout or whenever you want to cool down. The chilly juice in the honeybells will run down your chin and cool you off inside. Re-energize when you eat honeybells rich in fiber, natural sugar, calcium and vitamin C. Whether honeybells are kept at room temperature or chilled, they are always a satisfying snack.
Honeybells are for more than just snacking. Just because they fit in your hand and don't require refrigeration, doesn't mean honeybells are only a get-up-and-go snack. Honeybells are outstanding for juicing. From your morning glass of citrus to incredible honeybell screwdrivers, it's the sweetest juice around. You immediately taste the difference between honeybell orange juice and traditional orange juice.
There are plenty of other dishes featuring luscious honeybells. Often honeybells are segmented or sliced and put into green salads and fruit salads. Honeybell marinades are mouthwatering. Grilled honeybells with meats such as chicken are a popular barbecue favorite. Honeybells are put in cakes, muffins and even placed on top of focaccia bread.
One of the top places to grow honeybells is Florida. The warm climate yields plenty of heavenly honeybells between late December and the beginning of February. Some years the crops are abundant and others they are scarce, depending on the local weather conditions. Honeybells are the most popular types of tangelos grown in Florida.
Honeybells are only available for about two months of the year. Make sure to properly store, serve and savor honeybells because they are a limited edition citrus fruit
. Every juicy bite of a honeybell orange is sure to satisfy even the fussiest consumer!