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- n. a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit
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And sure enough, the minneola really maintained both the grapefruit mama's and the tangerine papa's qualities to mesh them into a unique creation.
I'd never heard of a minneola, and I surely had never noticed it before in grocery stores.
Turns out the minneola is actually a successful union of two popular citruses, the grapefruit and the tangerine.
"The minneola is better in Florida than anywhere on Earth," Chaires said.
The fruit's real name is minneola, but gift-fruit shippers have taken to calling them honeybells because they believe it is a more attractive name to consumers, much like the horse mackerel was renamed tuna by some marketing genius many years ago.
I am making two different flavors: Strawberry / blackberry and minneola tangerine (a cross between a clementine and a grapefruit).