Sometimes referred to as honeybells,
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 can be used as a substitute for
mandarin oranges or sweet oranges.
maturing Orlando tangelo hybrid was created in 1911 by W.T. Swingle and is
noted for its juiciness, mild and sweet flavor, large size, and flat-round shape
with a characteristic knob. California/Arizona 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.
as a cross between a Duncan grapefruit and a Dancy tangerine. When the Orlando
tangelo was first cultivated, it was known by the name Lake tangelo. The trees
of this variety grow to a large size and are easily recognized by their
cup-shape leaves. Orlando tangelos are recognized as one of the more
cold-tolerant varieties. Northern Florida grows significantly fewer tangelos,
but they are much sweeter due to climate.