I’m off to Florida for a week, just in time for the Honeybell harvest. The extra sweet and juicy fruit, that ripens in January, is a hybrid between a grapefruit and a tangerine. And has no seeds.
The bright orange citrus is officially called Mineola Tangelo, but the term Honeybell better describes the distinctive bell-shaped stem. Just how juicy is this Florida delicacy? Some sellers pack a bib in the shipping box to catch the juice that too often runs up your arms and down your front. So juicy it takes only two squeezed oranges to fill a tall glass.
Now the rub. Because of its rarity and special handling requirement, the Honeybell is far more expensive than most oranges. I browsed the Internet and found the pricing hard to understand or compare. Who knows what 2/5th of a bushel is? But you can order that many oranges for $29, plus postage. The package could have anywhere from 18 to 26 pieces of fruit. Or you could get ten pounds for $46, plus postage. I’m still doing the math.
But as long as I’m in the Orange Capital, I thought I’d invest in at least two. That should be enough for a tall glass of juice some morning.