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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!

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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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      c
      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!

    2. v
      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.

      1. 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.

          2. 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. 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.

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