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The Tangelo

The tangelo or Citrus × tangelo, is a citrus fruit hybrid of a Citrus reticulata variety such as mandarin orange or a tangerine, and Citrus maxima variety, such as a pomelo or grapefruit. 

Sometimes referred to as honeybells, they are the size of an adult fist, have a tart and tangy taste, and are juicy at the expense of flesh. They generally have loose skin and are easier to peel than oranges, readily distinguished from them by a characteristic "nipple" at the stem. Tangelos can be used as a substitute for mandarin oranges or sweet oranges.

Tangelo is one of the first citrus fruits. It will be launched in October and will open the orange and tangerine season. It is cultivated in Sicily, in particular in the county of Catania.

  • Category Citrus
  • Genus Citrus
  • Species x tangelo
  • Families Rutaceae
  • Habit Tree
  • Climatic Zones Sub-tropical, USDA 10 b (Southern Italy and islands)
  • Leaves Evergreen
  • Flower Raceme
  • Geographical Area of Origin Central America
  • Flowering and Fruiting Period December / November / October / April / March / February / January
  • Form Tree
  • Colore Fiori Bianco
  • Colore Foglie Verde
  • Colore Frutti Arancione
  • Parfumed yes
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium
  • Light Exposure Full light / Full sun / Medium shade / Half shade
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