Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Minneola Tangelo

I had my first Minneola tangelo yesterday and then another one this morning.  It's really odd and I'm not sure if I like it.  The peel is a really bright orange and I had originally thought it was waxed, but it seems this is just one of the characteristics of the fruit.

Apparently it's actually a cross between a Duncan Grapefruit and a Dancy Tangerine.  It is really juicy and the peel is thin, but I found both of them to be difficult to peel.  I'm also really unsure about the taste.  There definitely seem to be aspects similar to a tangerine and grapefruit.  However I also noticed a distinct taste of pine.  Exactly similar to pine nuts or the trees themselves.  It was like a sour pine nut with a bit of tangerine and grapefruit just hanging out in the back.

If anyone else has had these do you know if this taste is typical?  For some reason this really bothers me.  Maybe it's because I have jobs to apply to and engineering CAD drawings to do and I really don't want to be doing either of those on my slack week.  That being said, I'm really excited about finishing school and starting finally starting work!  Anyways, here it is, Ms. Minneola herself (apparently I've decided it's female):


  1. These do have a different kind of taste. I don't buy them, because they are too juicy, and the thin skin makes them hard to peel. My favorite at the moment are called "Cuties" and are actually fresh can buy them in a bag at Walmart for 4 seeds, and easy to peel and delicious! You can feel your health at peak level when you eat just one of these!!! The taste, when eaten cold, right out of the fridge, is beyond compare to any other citrus fruit, if you ask me.

  2. And evidently, she doesn't want anyone to know if she's married or not. I've never had them, but....pine trees? I've never eaten pine nuts, but we have plenty of pine trees here. Though I like the smell of a fresh cut pine, I can't imagine enjoying the taste of one.

  3. I'm from Ft. Lauderdale, and I do not eat citrus. I guess it is from the Anita Bryant days and, all the acid in citrus is bad for the enamel on your teeth.

  4. I'll definitely take a look at those "cuties". I do not enjoy the piny taste. It's really odd. I thoroughly enjoy the smell but I don't want it in my food!

    Any acid is bad for your teeth but if you're not eating it in large amounts you shouldn't have to worry. You're missing out on some delicious fruit!

  5. Hmm, not sure if I have had one of these. I usually stay clear of this type of citrus. I like my citrus plain, orange, grapefuit, lemon & lime, no mixing :-)

  6. Minneola Tangelos are by far my favorite citrus, mainly for their flavor and juiciness. In fact, I found this page while doing searches to find out who else loves this amazing fruit. I find them to be the easiest citrus to peel, which is a big plus. Sometimes, the peel is so loose, the fruit actually rolls around on the inside. It sounds to me like you got some that were not quite ripe yet. If the flesh is too firm, the resulting flavor can be underwhelming. Try choosing ones that are very dark orange and have a large knob at the top. Like peeling a banana, you tear off the knob and most of the work is already done. I hope you try again and have a better experience next time! (No, I don't work for Sunkist. :))


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