Honeybell oranges always go fast, so if you haven’t ordered yours yet this year you should do it soon. Honeybell oranges are the most sought after citrus fruit. Honeybells are super sweet and very juicy, and anyone who eats one wants more. Honeybell oranges have a bright orange color and are about the size of a grapefruit, but they have a unique bell shape that no other citrus fruit has. That’s because Honeybell oranges are a hybrid fruit that was created by cross breeding a tangerine and a grapefruit. The unique combination of these fruits created the succulent and juicy Honeybell. Because Honeybell oranges are a hybrid fruit they don’t reproduce on their own. Each crop has to be painstakingly grown and picked very carefully to be sure that the bell shape of the fruit isn’t damaged during picking.
Each year the Honeybell crop is limited because Honeybell oranges are only in season for a few short weeks. The average peak season for Honeybell oranges is usually about four weeks, although sometimes it can go as long as six weeks. During that time all the Honeybell oranges that are going to be sold that year are picked and shipped. People order Honeybell oranges all year long, and the orders are shipped in the order they are received so if you want to get delicious fresh Honeybell oranges shipped to your door it’s always a good idea to order early. If you do wait to the last minute you may still be able to get some late season Honeybells which will be very sweet, but that’s a big risk to take.
High quality Honeybell oranges come primarily from the Indian River district in Florida. The temperature in the Indian River area combined with the distance from the ocean make the weather perfect for growing the best Honeybell oranges Winter frosts can wipe out Honeybell crops but the growers in the Indian River area learned a long time ago to flood their groves when the temperature drops so that they can protect their citrus trees. Honeybell oranges from the Indian River district are so famous that legislators had to step in to stop growers from other areas of Florida from claiming that their fruit was Indian River fruit when it wasn’t. Honeybell oranges from the Indian River area are the best that you can get, but you need to order them in advance to make sure that you get all the tasty Honeybell oranges you want.