Tangelos are a hybrid fruit that is a cross between a grapefruit and one of the other citrus fruits. The size of this fruit can vary greatly depending on whether it's an offshoot of the grapefruit, Dancy tangerine, or the pummelo-tangerine cross (also known as tangor). Tangelos can also be called tanger-grapefruit, honeybells, or Minneolas.
Owners of tangelo trees can expect their fruit to be larger than the size of a tangerine. It is oval in shape, and it generally has a bright reddish-orange outer skin and inner flesh that is orange or pink.
The high amount of seeds within the tangelo affects its use as well. It is difficult for sellers to keep the fruit intact with seeds, which means that they're unable to place them in a container and sell them en masse. This reduces their value and usefulness to the wider public. Tangelos are more commonly eaten by consumers who happen to grow their own trees and pick their own fruit.
Larger in size than tangerines, a tangelo is oval and generally has a bright reddish-orange outer skin and inner flesh. The amount of red coloration on the skin can vary since it's determined by the particular cross used to create the tangelo. However, unlike grapefruit, there are no distinct pulp sections; the flesh is juicy and can be quite sweet when allowed to ripen fully. The fruit usually contains a few seeds, which should be removed through careful cleaning prior to eating or juicing.
Tangelos can be grown in warm climates that have plentiful sunshine and well-drained soil, such as California and Florida. Although the fruit can be harvested from mid to late fall and throughout winter and early spring, most of them are harvested between November and March.
Because of its close relation to grapefruit, some people may be allergic to tangelos or experience an allergic reaction when consuming them. If that's the case, avoid eating tangelos or drinking juices made from the fruit.
Tangelo fruit is a sweet citrus fruit that is related to grapefruit and can be eaten raw off the tree for freshness, juiced for beverages, or cooked into desserts. It has many seeds which should be removed prior to consumption. Tangelos can be grown in warm climates and are harvested from November through March.
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