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Tangerine

tangerine-categoryMandarins were first imported into the Mediterranean region from China through the port of Tangiers; it was at this time that the name Tangerine became associated with Mandarins. The name tangerine has no botanical standing and the term is rarely used outside the US. The use of the word appears to have developed as a marketing term.

To put it succinctly, a mandarin is a mandarin and so is a Tangerine.

Mandarin - Clementine

Mandarin - Clementine

Mandarins are mostly seedless and have loose and sometimes puffy orange skin that is very easy to peel.  They have a rich, tart-sweet flavor.

Mandarin - Satsuma

Mandarin - Satsuma

Mandarins are mostly seedless and have loose and sometimes puffy orange skin that is very easy to peel.  They have a rich, tart-sweet flavor.

Tangerine, Fairchild

Tangerine, Fairchild

The Fairchild tangerine is a cross between a Clementine mandarin and an Orlando tangelo.

Tangerine, Murcott aka Delite tangerine

Tangerine, Murcott aka Delite tangerine

These Murcotts, or Delite Mandarins, are a cross between a tangerine and a sweet orange.. A late-season mandarin, these California Murcotts should not be confused with the Honey variety out of Florida, as the latter can be very seedy.