The Minneola Tangelo is a cross between a grapefruit and tangerine. The fruits are the size of an adult fist and have a tangerine taste, but are very juicy, to the point of not providing much flesh but producing excellent and plentiful juice. Tangelos generally have loose skin and are easier to peel than oranges.They are easily distinguished from oranges by a characteristic knob at the top of the fruit.
They are dark orange, large, round and characterized by a stem-end neck, that appears as a knob on the fruit and tends to make the fruit appear bell-shaped.
Selecting and Buying
Minneolas will develop into a very large tree at maturity and adequate space for development should be provided.
When pollenizers are supplied and growing conditions are good, Minneolas will sometimes produce disappointingly small crops, the reason for which is not clearly understood. Since low yields are sometimes a problem, commercial growers often resort to gibberellic acid growth regulator sprays or girdling the trunk of the tree to increase fruit set and subsequent yield.
Preparation and Use
Just peel and eat.
Conserving and Storing
Store in a cool area. They are better when stored on the counter at room temperature than refrigerated.