Tangerine is a variety of the Mandarin orange. It is a member of the citrus family and produces rather small and sweet fruits that are easy to peel. Like other citrus fruits, it contain a lot of vitamins.
There are many varieties of tangerine with different colors and taste. Some are called tangerine, others are called mandarins, and sometimes these names are mixed. Clementines are seedless tangerines.
Basic information and facts
The origin of tangerines or mandarin oranges is in south-eastern Asia and the Philippines.
Now produced in most tropical and subtropical countries.
Evergreen or deciduous:
Tangerine is an evergreen tree.
Tangerine trees are usually thorny with slender twigs. The lanceolate leaves have small, rounded teeth, and narrowly-winged petioles.
The tangerine fruit is oblate with a bright-orange or red-orange peel when ripe. The peel is loose and separates easily from the segments. The small seeds are pointed at one end.
Climate and weather:
It can be grown in grown in tropical and subtropical areas.
Depending on the variety can be up to 7 or 8 meters tall.
Grown from seeds or by grafting.
Fruits are harvested by hand when they are ripe.
The fruits are usually eaten fresh, for example as a dessert fruit. Segments are sometimes sold canned. The fruits can also be used to produce tangerine juice. Essential oils are used in perfumes.
Did you know that?
- Tangerine orchards in Thailand have been blamed for deforestation and cause environmental damage because of abundant pesticide use.
1) 3 tangerine fruits
2) 1/5 teaspoon salt
Clean the fruits, cut them in half and squeeze them.
Add salt and stir well.
Serve as a cool drink (from fridge).