The tangelo is a citrus fruit that is a hybrid of a tangerine and either a pomelo or a grapefruit. It may have originated in Southeast Asia over 3,500 years ago. The fruits look like good-sized oranges and have a tangerine taste, but are very juicy, to the point of not providing much flesh but producing excellent and plentiful juice. Tangelos generally have loose skin and are easier to peel than oranges
Minneola Tangelo has a slightly elongated shape with a protruding neck at the stem end of the fruit. Its orange flesh is juicy, sweet with a mild tartness and contains little or no seeds. Its skin is a dark reddish-orange that has a smooth to slightly pebbly texture and is fairly easy to peel. The Minneola Tangelo is the most common tangelo and is generally only available in January. It is also referred to as Mineola Tangelo or Honeybell Tangelo.
Orlando Tangelo has a round, slightly flattened shape. It does not have the protruding neck of the Minneola Tangelo. Its deep orange skin is slightly textured and tighter fitting than the Minneola, making it harder to peel. The Orlando's flesh is mildly sweet and juicy, containing few seeds. It matures early, making them available from the middle of November up until the first part of February.
Ugli Fruit is a variety of tangelo that got its name because of its unattractive appearance. It is uncertain whether it is a cross between a tangerine and grapefruit or the pummelo, or if it has been crossed with a bitter orange. Its appearance does not have an affect on its juicy, seedless flesh. Its flesh is pink or orange in color and mildly acidic. Ugli fruit's flavor is resemblance of both grapefruit and mandarin oranges but is sweeter than grapefruit. It has a thick, bumpy, wrinkled skin that is easy to peel and depending on the variety, it is orangish-yellow, yellowish-red, or green in color. Ugli fruit is generally larger than other tangelos. They can be eaten out-of-hand or the juice can be used in cooking. They are available from December to April. Also referred to as "uniq fruit."