World's largest easy-peelers to go on sale across Britain

21 Aug 2012

Is it an orange or a tangerine? That’s the first question people ask on seeing the latest unusual fruit to hit British supermarket shelves. In fact it’s a tangelo – a naturally grown, extremely juicy citrus cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit which is the world’s largest ‘easy-peeler’.

Is it an orange or a tangerine?

That’s the first question people ask on seeing the latest unusual fruit to hit British supermarket shelves.

In fact it’s a tangelo – a naturally grown, extremely juicy citrus cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit which is the world’s largest ‘easy-peeler’.

From Monday the fruit, which are twice as big as normal tangerines, will go on sale at Tesco stores across Britain.

Tesco citrus fruit buyer Tim Battey said: “When people first see them no one believes they are easy-peelers and immediately mistake them for oranges because they’re so big.

“But the fun really starts when people see how extremely easy they are to peel yet also have the juiciness of an orange.

“The giant tangerines also weigh twice as much as a regular orange and as such act as two portions of your five-a-day – so are ideal for sharing.”

Although Tesco is selling them as Giant Tangerines they’re also known in other English speaking countries as Honeybells.

The arrival of the Giant Tangerines at Tesco  follow the launch of giant oranges 18 months ago.

Other unusual, giant versions of popular fruit that have been sold by Tesco in recent years have been strawberries, melons, blueberries, cherries and pomegranates.

On the other end of the citrus scale Tesco has also sold mini clementines, called Clementiny Clementines, which are a third of the size of the regular variety.

Tesco will sell the Giant Tangerines for £2 for a bag of four. A standard 650g bag of tangerines costs £2.20.

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