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Honeybells Retail?

rifkind81 Dec 26, 2008 05:02 AM

I keep reading about this hybrid fruit from Florida. After some checking on the General board they seem worth a try. Problem is you can only buy 6-10 lbs through the mail. Has anyone found a retailer in Rockland/Westchester/Bergen with these?

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    jwg RE: rifkind81 Jan 14, 2009 12:02 PM

    My shipment from Cushman's arrived yesterday. As usual, they are spectacular. We look forward to them each year. We find a big shipment often is used for our family of 4 plus au pair. We sometimes give some away to our favorite neighbors in a post holiday basket. We store them out on an unheated but glassed in porch. This time of year, it keeps the fruit wonderfully fresh.

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      lawkid RE: jwg Jan 14, 2009 12:50 PM

      I wish I could agree with you. I received my first ever order of Cushman Honeybells on Monday. After reading all the posts on this board about them I was expecting something spectacular. Nope. They were fresh but weren't sweet or sour; they had no real taste to them. Honestly, I've had Navel and Valencia oranges that tasted better.

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        Produce Addict RE: lawkid Jan 16, 2009 06:44 AM

        I also got my shipment Monday and am closer to lawkid that jwg. They were super-juicy and kinda sweet, but I have had better oranges, and they were certianly NOTHING like a mango in sweetness or amount of flavor. So were they not totally ripe and I should complain (they claim to offer a guarantee) or are honeybells just not as they are cracked up to be OR is there another place that is definetely better that I should order from?

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          jpmcd RE: lawkid Jan 17, 2009 10:25 AM

          me too! i thought they were not great at all. I actually got a refund bc I was so dissatisfied.

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            fauchon RE: jpmcd Jan 17, 2009 11:21 AM

            we were so disappointed last year that we didn't even bother to get them this year....so so overhyped in our experience... a regular navel orange is far superior...&, btw, does anyone agree that this year's clementines are disappointing too? very often pulpy & basically tasteless

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        otisman RE: rifkind81 Jan 15, 2009 10:39 AM

        I believe they are Mineola Tangelos and are probably at your nearby produce counter at this time of the year. Make sure they are firm--rotting ones are common.

        1. GIOny RE: rifkind81 Jan 15, 2009 02:49 PM

          Try the Cara Cara Navels at your local grocery store. They are excellent right now. I've had hit or miss with the honeybells.

          1. Veggo RE: rifkind81 Jan 15, 2009 03:05 PM

            Honeybells are a grafted hybrid of tangerine and grapefruit. They have a very short harvest season, 6 weeks. We are in the middle of it. When they are correctly ripe, they are as sweet as mangoes. They are not juiced commercially, the juice doesn't stay fresh for long.
            I sent holiday packs to Vermont and CT that arrived last week to a great reception. I buy mine from a grower nearby for $10 for a 1/4 bushel sack. Not the large, pretty, select ones, but great juice. There's only a few weeks left in the season.
            Florida citrus has more daunting problems than you can count, with mold, canker, greening, bacteria. Enjoy it while you can.
            The Citrus Ranch, 941-723-0504 in Plametto, FL will ship to you.

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