BMP Export S.A.C. is a Peruvian subsidiary company owned wholly by Agro Star / Bar Magen and operating as an agricultural trade & export entity. A variety of citrus fruits are exported from Peru to markets in the United States and Europe. The main citrus varieties on Agro Starís export schedule are: Minneola, Malvaceo, Washington navel and Murkott. Seasonality plays an important part in the success of this citrus marketing venture and Peru produces the highest quality citrus during the months of June - October when the demand for off-season produce is at its highest, and Agro Star is in a position to deliver top quality citrus fruit to the main wholesale markets throughout Europe and The United States.
The Minneola tangelo is likewise a cross between a Duncan grapefruit and a Fancy tangerine, and was released in 1931 by the United States Department of Agriculture Horticultural Research Station in Orlando. Most Minneola tangelos are characterized by a stem-end neck which tends to make the fruit appear bell-shaped. Because of this it is called the Honeybell in the gift fruit trade where it is one of the most popular varieties, but the proper name is Minneola. The fruit is usually fairly large, typically 9 - 9Ĺ inches in diameter. The peel color is quite good and when mature results in a bright reddish-orange color. The peel is relatively thin so the fruit peels easily. It is quite juicy. It has few seeds and numbers can range from zero up to perhaps as many as twelve seeds per fruit. The Minneola is not strongly self-fruitful and yields will be greater when interplant with suitable pollenizers such as Temple, Sunburst tangerine or possibly Fallglo tangerine. It tends to bear a good crop every other year.
The fruit matures in the December-February period with January being the peak.