Honeybell Oranges: The Winter Fruit
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The one interesting distinction regarding honeybell oranges is that they are available only during the winter season, specifically in the month of January, which is the peak months for honeybell oranges, and early February. This is one reason that honeybell oranges are so popular and so rare.
Those who live in the United States never heard of harvesting fruit during the wintertime. After all, that is the time of year between the typical harvest period and planting for the following season. When it comes to the honeybell orange, however, the fruit has a mind of its own.
Crops are unpredictable, which accounts for the wavering prices from season to season, so those who love these delectable treats order all year-round. There is one stipulation, of course: order by no later than December for the following year, otherwise the stock of honeybell oranges will be gone. Indeed, they do go fast!
Despite their availability during winter months, however, honeybell oranges serve as an ideal summer treat in a variety of ways, not to exclude the barbecue. Among their many uses, honeybell oranges are great for making zest cakes, fruit salads, fruit drinks, marmalades, honey, focaccia topping, vinaigrette salad dressings, marinades, preserves, a multitude of desserts, and, believe it or not, cookies. The versatility of the honeybell orange is not surprising, considering its popularity and juice rating, which is said to be greater than that of a regular orange. On the other hand, perhaps the fact that honeybell oranges are harvested only during the winter months might have everything to do with such versatility.
Honeybell oranges are extremely juicy to a fault and have thin, loose rinds for easy peeling. This is likely due to the fact that honeybell oranges are planted in combination with a variety of other citrus fruits, namely Sunburst tangerines, Temple tangerines, Fallglo tangerines and Mandarin tangerines, all of which serve as means for cross-pollination. Yes, because of their rarity and unusual yet demanding schedule, honeybell oranges are specially cultivated and harvested for their best results
These delicious fruits are out of season now, but anyone who wants to order better do it soon, otherwise they will be gone. Prices for honeybell oranges range from $25 to $80, depending on the distributor and availability. No one knows what the harvest for honeybell oranges will be like next winter, so first come, first serve!