What’s the difference between Honeybells and Navel Oranges
Oranges are one of the most popular fruits in the country. You can easily find them in many households and grocery stores.
While most citrus fruits are in season during summer, some varieties are only available around winter. Navel oranges and honeybells overlap somewhat so here are some fun facts and useful information that may help you decide when choosing between the two.
- This variety of orange originally came from a plantation in Brazil back in 1820. A natural mutation was observed in one of the Laranja Selecta orange trees. The mutation caused a second, partially formed fruit to grow inside the blossom portion of the main fruit. The undeveloped twin is similar to a human belly button, hence the name, Navel Orange.
- The mutation also caused the mature fruit to be seedless. Navel flowers do not develop pollen, which means the fruit are not pollinated, so they are seedless.
- The only way to cultivate a new tree is through cutting and grafting which means all navel orange trees are essentially clones of that first odd tree from Brazil.
- Navel orange nutrition value is also quite considerable and offers real health benefits. It is loaded in vitamin C (a strong antioxidant which helps prevents chronic diseases and help lower blood pressure). It is also rich in vitamin B which helps in maintaining healthy skin and bolsters the immune system.
- Navels are perfect for snacks as is, but the fruit is quite versatile and can be prepared for various occasions. It’s great for making salads, sauces, appetizers, desserts, and beverages.
- Navel oranges are at their best from around January to April, though advancements in agricultural technology allow us to get our hands on this treat year round.
- Among citrus fruits, the Minneola tangelo, otherwise known as the honeybell orange is definitely among the elite. It is easily recognizable by its distinct bell shape at the stem end, and thin, loose, bright red-orange skin when ripe.
- This seasonal delight came about by cross-breeding the Duncan grapefruit and the Dancy tangerine resulting in one of the sweetest, juiciest citrus fruits around.
- Cultivating this fruit has very specific requirements since it is very sensitive to changes in temperature. American grown honeybells are mostly produced in Florida.
- Similar to other citrus fruits, this tangelo is also rich in vitamin C.
- It’s also great for those watching their weight since it only contains 50 calories, which is significantly lower than the 80 calories of other oranges. It also has a lot of fiber, which makes it more filling and aids in digestion.
- The honeybell orange’s distinct sweetness makes it great for dessert. It goes really well with vanilla ice cream, as cake toppings, or for making cocktails.
- However, the honeybell is only in season for a short time and is generally only available from late December to early February. It would be best to place your order a couple of weeks to a month in advance if you plan to buy honeybells online.
No matter which orange you choose, the Navel orange or the Honeybell tangelo, you are surely going to relish their sweet, juicy orange goodness and enjoy the health benefits they boast.