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Mar 21, 2019

One of the most popular of the tangelo varieties, the minneolas got their name from the town just outside of where they were bred in Florida in the early 1930s.

Appearance & Flavor
Minneolas, a cross between a grapefruit and tangerine, are the largest fruits in the mandarin family, coming in at 3.5 inches in diameter or more. They are round with a pronounced knob on the stem. The rind is deep reddish orange and can be described as slightly smooth and thin. Their flesh is orange with a few seeds. These fruits are juicy with a bright flavor that's tangy almost sweet-tart. In the store, you're looking for those that are heavy for their size, unwrinkled, and free of blemishes. Remember, the deeper the red-orange color, the better.

Ways to Enjoy
You know what screams spring? A light, airy cake with a citrus twist. They are so easy to peel that they make a good snack as is! You can substitute a minneola in the place of oranges, grapefruits, and even lemons for any recipe, or you can use them in desserts, salads, and vinaigrettes.

Availability & Origin
You'll find them growing from mid-December through April. Assumed to be from Asia originally, they are now produced mainly in California and Florida.

When whole, they'll last at room temperature for a few days and up to 10 days in the fridge. After peeling, store them in an air-tight container for about three days' worth of use out of them.

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