Experience the rare pleasure known to Florida fruit connoisseurs. For years the rumors flew: Somewhere in the remote backwaters, up the creeks that feed Florida's Indian River, there grew a fruit so rare- so sublimely sweet and delicious- that most growers and grove hands would deny its very existence.
A fruit so scarce and wonderful to eat, the old timers would hoard the entire crop exclusively for their own families and friends.
Today, of course, we know that fruit as the legendary Honeybell: Brilliant, bright orange, bursting with luscious juice and honeyed flavor.
Honeybells are a unique cross between the delicately flavored Dancy Tangerine and sweet Duncan Grapefruit. They're still extremely rare-harvested only in January and when we're lucky another week or two into February. Hurry and reserve yours today! Now that their secret's out, they're in huge demand-and very short supply.
Honeybells, also known as tangelos, are the size of an adult fist, have a tangerine taste, and are juicy at the expense of flesh. They generally have loose skin and are easier to peel than oranges, readily distinguished from them by a characteristic "nipple" at the stem.
Tangelos have a slightly pebbled texture, good interior and exterior color, very few seeds, and a tight-fitting rind. Orlando tangelos are available from mid-November to the beginning of February. It originated as a cross between a Duncan grapefruit and a Dancy tangerine.