As I mentioned previously, I’ve been on the look out for some new and interesting fruit to provide some variety in my diet. I tried out the Pummelo and while it was tasty, I found it way too time consuming to prepare to eat. I like my fruit to be grab-and-go, so my fruit exploration continues. Citrus is seriously in season right now so I stuck with that theme and found the honey tangerine.
The honey tangerine, also known as the murcott orange, is a hybrid between a tangerine and sweet orange. They are only grown in Florida between January and April. According to myfitnesspal.com, the nutrition profile is 60 calories, 3g fiber, 12g sugar, 70% of your DV of vitamin C, 25% of you DV of vitamin A, and 154mg of potassium.
Ok, time to taste this yummy looking fruit! Peeling the skin was more difficult than a regular tangerine or clementine but easier than a navel orange. The segments easily came apart and I was quickly popping them in my mouth. The taste? amazing! So sweet and juicy. I assume the fruit was named honey tangerine to reflect how sweet it is but I swear I could taste a hint of honey….or maybe it’s psychological? Seriously, THIS is nature’s candy. Unlike M&Ms, these actually have some sort of nutrition. The only slightly bad thing that will keep them ranked below my beloved clementines is they contain a lot of seeds. I probably spit out around 20 seeds as I ate it. I didn’t hate it though. It reminded me of when I was a kid and it was normal for fruit to contain seeds. I had visions of a hot summer day, sitting outside with a giant piece of watermelon in my hands spitting out seeds. Ahhh, bliss.
These cute, little fruits will be making there way into my grocery cart for the season. Perfect for an on-the-go snack to eat in the afternoon when I’m starting to drag. Have you tried a honey tangerine? Do you have a favorite citrus fruit for the season?