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Online Sources for Citrus Fruit?

sivyaleah Nov 27, 2011 03:45 PM

I'm looking for the best sources for citrus fruit online.

I'd like to send some family members a gift before the holidays roll around, specifically oranges. I remember a friend of mine raving about some extra special sweet oranges which she said were like honey. I don't know if they were honey bells are not. Somewhere, I wrote down the grower but can't seem to lay my hand on it.

Can anyone recommend somewhere to purchase these? I remember in the past being somewhat disappointed by fruit I'd gotten if you didn't really know who the grower was.

Thanks!

  1. babette feasts Nov 27, 2011 07:34 PM

    http://www.ripetoyou.com/index.php

    I have not ordered mail-order from these people, but we do get some of our fruit at the restaurant from them via our wholesale supplier. Some interesting varieties, and high quality.

    1. Caitlin McGrath Nov 27, 2011 04:44 PM

      When I lived in NYC, I ordered several times from Hale Groves, and was pleased with the navel and temple oranges and honeybells.

      http://www.halegroves.com/

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      1. re: Caitlin McGrath
        Veggo Nov 27, 2011 05:10 PM

        P.S. They can all ship to Canada.

      2. Veggo Nov 27, 2011 04:04 PM

        I have used Mixon Farms in Bradenton FL for years (www.mixon.com). The honeybells are a special treat for those who have never had them. They are not ripe until after the first of the year and have a very short season, 3-4 weeks. If you order them from Mixon's as a holiday gift, they send a gift card to the recipient before Christmas advising that they will be coming along soon.

        I have nothing against Cushman's and I'm sure they get the job done. I notice they are a fruitpacker in Ft. Pierce, and a corporate division of Harry and David's

        Dean Mixon has his own orchards and a great reputation and he has concerts in the orchards through the year.

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          lemons Nov 27, 2011 04:18 PM

          H&D bought them a couple of years ago, I believe. They're not an outfit I have much use for, and was prepared to raise my hackles, but things have gone well. So far.

          1. re: Veggo
            sunshine842 Nov 28, 2011 10:28 AM

            Mixon's are great people and ship fantastic fruit (next month, I'll have one of their ice cream cones that they make with fresh orange juice)

            These folks are good, too http://www.dooleygroves.com/index.html -- Nice family, and they've shipped fruit around the world for me.

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            vafarmwife Nov 27, 2011 04:01 PM

            I second Cushman's. I buy from them every year and have never had a problem or been disappointed in their quality.

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              lemons Nov 27, 2011 03:50 PM

              You've gotta be talking about honeybells, aka tangelos. They're also great for juicing. We've gotten them from Cushman for a number of years after being gifted by a daughter living in Central FL. Only once did we have any problems, and they made good on it quickly. I can't say we "know" them, but I'm happy with them.

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                cgarner Nov 28, 2011 09:59 AM

                a honeybell is a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit
                the best I've gotten ever have come from Sun Harvest in Ft. Myers
                http://www.sunharvestcitrus.com/Visit-Us/products/48/
                (and if you ever can visit, the store is a hoot

                )

                my second choice would be The Orange Shop
                http://www.floridaorangeshop.com/

                I've had great luck with both!

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