Minneola Tangelos (Honeybell tangelos)

In Albums: fruit produce citrus

Orange-sized, orange colored citrus fruit, with a slight bell or pear shape.

Feb 27th, 2011, by Alex Zorach

These Minneola tangelos were for sale for 3 for $1 at the Newark, Delaware Farmer's market. This was late in the season, and these are thick-skinned Minneolas which tend to keep longer. Earlier, thinner-skinned tangelos were available for 5 for $1. I prefer the thinner skinned fruit even though they are harder to peel.

The Minneola tangelo, a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine, is one of my favorite fruits. Although they look very similar to oranges, their flavor is quite different. They are not as sweet as they look--less sweet than nearly all common varieties of orange. They have only a hint of the characteristic bitterness of grapefruits. They tend to be intensely aromatic, with a clean, clear, flavor, sour, but not particularly sweet or bitter.