All citrus fruits are known for their refreshing aroma and juiciness. Honeybells belong to the group of citrus fruits. This article provides more information regarding the same.
Honeybell oranges are believed to be developed as a hybrid of the tangerine (often called mandarin orange) and the grapefruit (cousin of pomelo). Hence, they are not actually oranges at all. These fruits are native to southeast Asia. These days, they are produced as a hybrid or cross between the Darcy variety of tangerine and either the Duncan or Bowen variety of grapefruit.
Though honeybells look like oranges, they differ in shape. They are slightly oblong and can be easily differentiated from oranges or tangerines, as they have a typical knob at the top. They inherit the properties of tangerines, as well as grapefruits. They are slightly smaller than oranges; however, they are less sour and more sweet. Since they are a rare variety of fruits that need special harvesting and careful handling, they are significantly more expensive than other fruits. However, most people who have experienced the sweet taste of the fruit, do not think twice before buying it. Only two average-sized honeybells are enough to get a full glass of juice.
Minneola tangelo (developed in 1931) and Orlando tangelo (developed in 1911) are some of the most popular varieties of tangelos. If you are thinking of planting honeybell orange trees in your garden, then you should choose the specific breeds, so that you would be able to enjoy the bountiful harvests. You need to take proper care of the trees, for which you need to consult an expert. The crop is harvested in the months of January and February. Tangelo trees are commonly grown along the Indian River in Florida. Studies show that tangelos are low in calories and hence, can be included in weight loss diets.
One medium-sized (about 131 g) honeybell contains 60 calories. A medium-sized Minneola honeybell (about 109 g) contains 70 calories. 1 small-sized honeybell with about 32 calories contains the following nutritional values:
|Total Carbohydrates||3% (7.99 g)|
|Dietary Fiber||6% (16 g)|
|Potassium||0% (123 mg)|
|Protein||0% (0.64 g)|
|Sugars||2% (6.36 g)|
|Vitamin C||60% (160 mg)|
|Calcium||3% (7.99 g)|
The fruits contain ample vitamin C and dietary fiber. The former strengthens the immune system whereas, the latter helps prevent constipation. The fruits thus improve the overall health in several ways. They provide flavonoids and vitamin C which help prevent common cold, bronchitis, throat infections, asthma, and several other health problems. The fruits are free of fats and cholesterol; however, they are full of antioxidants that do not allow free radicals to cause damage to the body.
The fruits are incredibly nourishing and good for health. Consumption of these fruits help slow down the process of aging. They promote healthy aging by eliminating the use of anti-aging creams, which are likely to cause side effects. The fruits can also help to make the bones and teeth stronger. They are often included in the diets designed for diabetics and heart patients.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.