Describing Honeybell Oranges
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Honeybell oranges, also referred to as Minneola Tangelos, are not just like any other oranges; they possess a distinct size, shape, taste, color and consistency all their own. The location for which the honeybell oranges are known to grow is also specific to their physical makeup because the honeybell orange's description and cost are contingent on that location and its growth and unique harvesting processes.
The size of the honeybell orange varies, but generally, the larger fruit is approximate to the fist of the average human adult, which is equivalent to the average human heart of that adult. Interesting, considering that honeybell oranges serve mostly as a means of nutrition. A heart for a heart! Who knew they size of a fruit could be symbolic for its ultimate purpose? Smaller honeybell oranges exist as well, and they are referred to “baby bells” for obvious reasons. These smaller honeybell oranges have an average circumference similar to a golf ball, maybe noticeably a slight bit larger than that. These are popular as well.
Shape is universal when it comes to honeybell oranges; every one of these tangelos is the same: round, but with a 'bell-shaped' knob at the stem, hence the name 'honeybell' as its common and apropos reference. Perhaps because of the consistency in this feature, the shape of the honeybell orange is the fruit's single-most recognizable physical feature.
Interestingly, the honeybell orange boasts a somewhat sweet-n-sour tangy flavor, which is also indigenous to that variety of tangelo. Actually, the honeybell orange is likely the only citrus or tangelo variety that has such a taste, which is probably why it is so popular with consumers around the world. Those in Asia are probably very familiar with the taste, as the origins of the honeybell orange are rooted in the Orient.
Everything has color, but the bright orange flaming hue of the ripe honeybell orange is mesmerizing in its intensity. That makes one want to eat the rind, too.Unlike the traditional orange, which is dense with a thick rind when fully mature, the honeybell orange is mostly juice with a thin, loose outer shell that allows for effortless peeling. Eating it challenging, though, as the amount of juice inside is liable to create a mess if you're not careful.
Honeybell oranges are predominantly grown along the Indian River region in Florida, although variations do grow in a couple of other states. Those honeybell oranges that grow in Florida are by far the best, and it's a good guess that most lovers of the fruit know that.