Minneola Fruit or Honeybell

History & Health & Wellness Minneola Fruit:
Minneola is a tangelo, a hybrid of Duncan grapefruit and Dancy mandarin, sometimes marketed under the name Honeybell.  It was developed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and released in 1931.

Season of ripeness: January to March

Notes and observations:
The tree grows vigorously to a large size. The fruit is round with a pronounced neck and smooth red-orange rind that can be peeled. The flavor is rich and juicy, with a touch of its grapefruit parent’s tartness. Minneola should be harvested late in the season to ensure the fruit reaches a desirable sugar to acid ratio.  Minneola blossoms are self-incompatible and must be cross-pollinated by a suitable pollinator to assure good fruit set. Most mandarin-types are suitable pollinators, with the exception of Satsumas and Minneola’s siblings, Orlando and Seminole. Unfortunately, when cross-pollinated, Minneola’s fruits tend to be seedy.

Description from the citrus industry:
“Fruit large, oblate to obovate; neck usually fairly prominent; seeds comparatively few, with greenish cotyledons.  Rind color deep reddish-orange; medium-thin, with smooth, finely pitted surface, and moderately adherent (not loose-skin).  Segments 10 to 12 and axis small and hollow.  Flesh orange-colored; tender, juicy, aromatic; flavor rich and tart.  Medium late in maturity.

Tree vigorous and productive with large, long-pointed leaves.  Less cold-resistant than Orlando.  Cross-pollination recommended for regular and heavy production.  Dancy, Clementine, and Kinnow mandarins appear to be satisfactory pollinators.  Orlando tangelo is cross-incompatible.
Minneola is a hybrid of Duncan grapefruit and Dancy tangerine produced in Florida by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and named and released in 1931.  Its attractive color, excellent flavor, and low seed content have popularized it in Florida where it is currently of limited commercial importance.  There is increasing interest in its culture in the low elevation desert regions of Arizona and California, where total plantings were reported to be 594 acres in 1964.”

NUTRITION FACTS FOR AN ORGANIC MINEOLA ORANGE
The Minneola orange, sometimes called a Honey bell tangelo, is a hybrid of the Duncan grapefruit and the Dancy mandarin orange. Characterized by the nipple at the top, the fruit combines the rich sweetness of a tangerine with the slight tart flavor of a grapefruit. Due to their high nutrient levels and low calorie count, Minneola oranges are a good way to add something sweet to a balanced diet.

Calories And Fat
One minneola orange averaging 109 grams contains 70 total calories and 10 fat calories. The United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults should get 20 to 35 percent of their daily calories from fat, or 400 to 700 of fat based on a 2,000-calorie diet. With only 1 gram of fat, or 10 calories, eating a minneola orange costs you less than 2 percent of your daily fat allowance.

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Carbohydrates And Protein
When planning a balanced meal consisting of protein, carbohydrates and fat, a minneola orange is considered a carbohydrate. A single orange provides your body with 13 grams of carbohydrates, including 2 grams of heart-healthy dietary fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein. According to the USDA Dietary Guidelines, 45 to 65 percent of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates, so a minneola orange provides 4 to 6 percent of your daily carbohydrate needs based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Other Nutrients
Minneola oranges and other citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, folate, potassium, pectin and phytochemicals. One minneola orange gives you 100 percent of your daily recommended vitamin C, a nutrient and antioxidant responsible for blocking free radical damage, producing collagen, and building and repairing bodily tissues. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat at least 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables each day

Benefits of Organic Minneola’s
Organic and non-organic minneola oranges offer nearly identical nutrient levels. Some  choose organically grown produce to limit exposure to pesticides, but even minneola oranges labeled as “100 percent organic” may not be completely free of pathogens and pesticides. If you’re concerned about the nutrition content or pesticide exposure of your oranges, purchase them in season and wash the peel thoroughly if you plan to use it for zest.

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Reference & Research Material:
Nutrition and you.com, Wikipedia.com, Self-nutrition, Healthdiaries.com Buzzel.com livestrong.com, citrus Industry info , Us department of Agriculture info

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