About Honeybell Oranges: They Make Great Gifts

By: The Hale Groves Team | On: | Category: Fruit Facts

The belle among all oranges, the Honeybell Orange makes one great gift because they can make your recipient feel extra special, appreciated and well-loved. How so?


Many have claimed that they were the first to discover the Honeybell so it is somewhat hard to pinpoint its origin. However, according to state records, the Honeybell Tangelo was created at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Horticulture Research Station in Orlando where it was perfected before it was released to growers in 1931 for commercial purposes. What we can be sure of is that Honeybell is a cross between Duncan Grapefruit and Dancy Tangerine giving it a unique blend of sweet and tangy flavor.


What are Honeybell Oranges? Honeybells are unique premium fruits that are so rare that only 1 out of 5000 people in the United States have had the chance to eat them. Why? It is because Honeybells are hard to grow as they are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature that even the slightest change in the weather condition may reduce the quality of the fruit; so you can just imagine how an early frost could devastate an entire crop. As a result, Honeybells are only cultivated in specific regions of the country – along the Indian River in Florida is where the best, juiciest and sweetest Honeybell fruits are grown.

What’s more, is that the peel of Florida Honeybell Oranges is thin and easily gets damaged so they must be hand-picked, handled with extreme care, and lovingly hand-packed into sturdy, well-padded trays.

Another problem faced by grove owners is the unpredictability of the crop size as they vary each year and the Honeybell Orange season is short at about 2 to 4 weeks long. Honeybell orange season begins in the last week of December into mid-January. Because of this, one bad crop of Florida Honeybells could spell disaster for farm owners. But, a bounteous crop is worth its weight in gold.


Honeybell Oranges from Florida are top quality because the fruits grown in this region are bigger, tastier, juicier, and sweeter than Tangelos grown from other regions. Honeybell Oranges Florida are rich in flavor and boast honeyed sweetness you cannot find in other oranges. Moreover, Honeybells from Florida are huge and can produce more juice, about 2 full glasses, compared to other oranges which can only make half to one full glass. To top that off, only a limited few get to eat this prized tangelo every year so anyone who can get their hands on this premium fruit is sure to feel like a king.

If you are wondering where to buy Honeybell oranges let me make it clear that finding it in your local grocers is like finding a needle in a haystack. What you can do is pre-order this fruit online or call the orchards directly for them to ship and deliver the fruit once it becomes available. If you are unsure and think that this golden fruit is not worth its price, check out the Honeybell oranges review to know more about other people’s experiences and reactions when they first got a taste of this wonderful fruit.

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