Thursday, February 11, 2010

Produce Section: Minneolas!

I was shopping for my usual groceries last week when I came across this in the produce section: Organic Minneolas. They were the most intense orange color, and the odd shape drew me over to investigate. I am not a big citrus fan, with the exception of Clementines and Ruby Reds; I really don't like oranges very much. This looked like a super-bright, extra-large orange with an odd growth, but since all of the Minneolas were shaped like this, I figured it was normal. So I brought one home.

I found out by Googling that a Minneola is NOT an orange after all. It is actually a type of "tangelo" that is a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine. Interesting! One Minneola has 70 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 220 mg of potassium, 100% RDA of Vitamin C, and 80% RDA of folate.

It peeled easily and right away I noticed that the membrane was thinner than an orange, which is a big plus for me since the reason I don't like most citrus is an aversion to thick, tough, chewy, bitter membranes. As I separated it into segments, the thin membranes broke here and there and leaked out some juice... that is how thin the membranes were in places.

I took a bite and was pleasantly surprised. It tasted a lot like a sweet, slightly tart orange but with an interesting twist of flavor that I couldn't quite put a finger on; I did recognise a hint of grapefruit. The taste was not quite as intense as a Clementine; it was a bit more dilute and a lot more juicy. I really liked the texture. Plump and juicy. I did find 2 or 3 seeds but they were large and easy to pick out.

Would I buy it again? Yes, I would. I still like Clemetines better, but this runs a close second. And you get a lot more volume in one Minneola than you do in two Clementines for the same calories. I am giving the Minneola a thumbs up!

11 comments:

Diz said...

I love that you just bought one, took it home, and tried it! I've seen these things a million times in the grocery store, but never actually thought to try one. Ha! Now I want to! Sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

I miss your daily food updates! Will those be returning?

spunkysuzi said...

Those are my favorite citrus fruit :)

Nicole @ Let Them Eat Lettuce said...

mmmm I love those! I had forgotten about them though, I will have to pick some up soon. Thanks for the review! :)

MsMagnetism said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with new foods. I'm always worried about buying new foods and 'wasting money' if I don't like them so I don't really branch out. Maybe one day..

Benita said...

I love them and the funky top is something I think of as its "pop top". Yanking it off makes the peeling easy.

Oooo!!! I love Ruby Reds and now I want one.

Kelly said...

I bought some of those too! I just assumed they were some sort of genetically modified oranges. LOL Good to know what they really are. :)

midlife_swimmer said...

that looks pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Tangelos are my ALL TIME FAVORITE. Now is right about the time they start becoming available. When tangelos are in season, I have one EVERY DAY for a snack.

-Glory

TRACY2TRACY said...

i have a minneola tangelo tree and they are very good! They taste similiar to an orange or tangerine. That knob on it is the way it's supposed to look. Enjoy!

j said...

not worth carrying home. hard to peel and has a sour taste