Did you roll out of bed this morning ready to greet the new year with gusto, or was starting the day more of a bloated, sluggish endurance contest? Most of us promise ourselves that we won't indulge ourselves during the holiday season, and some of us actually manage to succeed. For those of you who did, our heartiest congratulations.
Then, there are the rest of us. We couldn't stop ourselves from adding an extra helping of mashed potatoes and gravy to our already groaning dinner plates. We started our mornings by soothing our guilt over having pie with whipped cream for breakfast by reassuring ourselves that it contained all of the necessary nutritional components for our first meal of the day. Okay everyone. you're forgiven. Now, it's time to snap out of it! It's a new year; a new day. Time to meld delicious taste with wonderful health benefits. Enter the miraculous, sweet, juicy Honeybell, along with a recipe for a snazzy, Honeybell laced salad at the end of this writing.
The Honeybell, also known as the Tangelo, is a hybrid citrus fruit; the result of combining a tangerine with a grapefruit. The result is a wildly scrumptious combination of crisp tangerine taste and an amazing abundance of juice, all wrapped up in an easy to peel, loose rind. Honeybells have a very limited season, available from mid-November until early February. Honeybells are available in limited supplies at many local grocers. But to assure that you get your fair share, we suggest ordering them fresh from the grower. Gregory's Groves can do this for you, both expediently and at a competitive price.
Gregory's Groves offers a wide variety of seasonal, freshly picked fruit, including grapefruit and pears, along with beautiful gift assortments of chocolates, nuts and gourmet pretzels. Their Sugar baby Honeybells are available now, and will be until January 30. A box of 25 beautiful Honeybells can be ordered for $19.99; well worth it. make sure to peruse their website for everything they have on offer, both now and in the coming months. Once you've tried a fresh Honeybell, it will become your favorite winter citrus.
And now, as promised, here is our recipe for an elegant salad, featuring the magnificent Honeybell along with some other lovely ingredients; a feast for the eyes as well as the palate...
Shrimp and Honeybell Salad
- 1 head of butter lettuce, washed, with whole leaves separated
- 6 Honeybells, sectioned - use oranges if Honeybells are out of season
- 3 white or pink grapefruit, sectioned
- 2 ripe avocados, sliced into 1/2" sections
- 24 asparagus spears, fresh cooked or canned
- 24 large prepared fresh shrimp
- your favorite French dressing, to taste
On individual salad plates, place a leaf of butter lettuce for your first layer. Using your artistic talents, add 4 asparagus spears, a layer of grapefruit sections, a layer of sliced avocado slices and a layer of Honeybell sections, topping each salad with 4 shrimp. Drizzle with French dressing and serve; a very elegant, easy starter for a fancy dinner. This recipe serves 6.
We wish you a happy, healthy and delicious 2013.