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Mandarin Oranges 101

These sweet little juice bombs are a gift from nature, and we’re about to give them the appreciation they deserve. Read on for all the juicy deets you need to know about mandarin oranges, and stick around for a citrus-wonderland of recipes in the coming days.

So what are mandarin oranges?

Mandarin oranges are a small, loose-skinned variety of the common orange, typically sweeter and less acidic than the larger oranges. Thought to have originated in India, they travelled across China where they picked up the name “mandarin”. They made their way to England and Euro-tripped it down to Italy, eventually making it to the Moroccan port of Tangier, where they garnered another name, “tangerine”.

How to Peel a Mandarin Orange Video

Are mandarins and clementines the same thing? In short, sort of! Mandarin oranges are a smaller descendent or the common orange. Because mandarins are easily crossed with other varieties of citrus and can grow in a number of climates, many varieties of mandarins have been created…around 200! Here are the most popular varieties of mandarin oranges:

  • Clementines: This sweet variety is usually seedless and easy to peel, making it great for kids. Brands like “Cuties” or “Sweeties” commonly use clementines (but…fun fact! As different varieties go in and out of season, these brands will swap which kinds of mandarins they include in the packs)
  • Tangerines: Though “tangerine” was originally just another word for the fruit “mandarin”, the term “tangerine” has begun to take on another meaning. What we call tangerines in the U.S. are commonly more tart and have a deeper orange/red color than the common mandarin. Varieties of tangerine include Darby and Fairchild.
  • Satsuma: This is a seedless variety originating in Japan. The tree is more tolerant to cold, so you’ll find these in colder climates. This variety has a thick but delicate skin, meaning it’s quick to peel but bruises easily, making it great for either eating locally or canning for shipment.

Are canned mandarin oranges good for you?

Canned mandarin oranges can be a great way of getting more fruit into your diet, especially when mandarin oranges aren’t in peak season. You’ll need to make sure they’re not canned in sugar. Look for a label on the can that says “no added sugar”.

How to select mandarin oranges

You’ll find a variety of mandarins are in season from November to April. Choose fruits that are heavy for their size and unblemished.

How to store mandarin oranges

Store mandarin oranges in a cool, dark place (like the fridge). At room temperature they’ll last about 1 week. Refrigerated in a bag they should last 2 weeks to 1 month.

Mandarin Orange Recipes

Mandarin oranges can be used in place of oranges in most recipes, but they are especially great in salads and breakfast bowls! Here are my favorite mandarin orange recipes:

  • Healthy Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie
  • Orange Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding
  • 15 Minute Buddha Bowls
  • Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

Mandarin Orange Nutrition Information

per 1 large (120 g) mandarin orange

  • Mandarin Orange Calories: 64
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 2 g, 9% of Daily Value (DV)
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • 53% DV of Vitamin C: A water-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant to fight against potentially damaging free radicals (molecules with unshared electrons that float around wreaking havoc) and an important cofactor in collagen synthesis.
  • 16% DV of Vitamin A: Provides the provitamin version of this fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it comes from a plant source and your body converts the plant pigment into active Vitamin A. It is essential in many components of healthy vision, as well as immunity and cell growth/differentiation.
  • 6% DV of Potassium: A key mineral and electrolyte involved in countless processes, including healthy nervous system functioning and contraction of the heart and muscles.

Food Storage – How long can you keep…


  • How long do clementines last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions – after purchasing, keep clementines in a cool, dry area.
  • How long do clementines last at room temperature? Clementines will generally keep well at room temperature for about one week; longer storage at room temperature can cause the clementines to shrivel and lose flavor.
  • To extend the shelf life of clementines, refrigerate in a plastic bag.
  • How long do clementines last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, clementines will usually keep well for about 1 to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • Can you freeze clementines? Yes: (1) Wash and peel, then divide fruit into sections, removing all membranes and seeds; (2) In a saucepan, combine 2 3/4 cups sugar and 4 cups water, mix until the solution is clear, and bring to a boil; (3) Cool the syrup and pour over clementines; (4) Place clementines and syrup in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do clementines last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only – clementines that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if clementines are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the clementines: discard any clementines if mold appears or if the clementines have an off smell or appearance.

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Oranges are a delicious, nutritious, and refreshing treat. They’re perfect to pack as a snack for school, work or on an outdoor adventure.

If you’re lucky enough to have your own orange tree, or if you’ve bought a large bag of oranges from the market, you may be wondering how long they’ll last. Can oranges go bad, and how should you store them?

Can oranges go bad?

Like all fresh fruit, oranges can go bad. As soon as an orange is picked from the tree, it will last about three weeks at room temperature. Of course, oranges at the grocery store are most likely already a week old, and so their shelf life will be reduced to about a week or two on your counter.

Storing whole oranges in the refrigerator can extend their life to up to two months. Refrigerated oranges should be stored in the vegetable drawer to maximize their shelf life, and regulate moisture. Just be sure you remember they’re in there!

Once cut or peeled, oranges should be refrigerated and consumed within two days. Cut oranges at room temperature should be consumed within the day, though will remain fine for several hours if sealed and stored out of direct sunlight.

Image used under Creative Commons from Francisco Antunes

Signs of Spoilage

When oranges are beginning to spoil, they will become soft at first, and then develop a white mold. The mold will quickly spread and turn green. Oranges should be discarded as soon as they start to become soft.

Discoloration is another sign that oranges are about to spoil. When checking for signs of spoilage, look for lighter or darker patches, and check for firmness.

Smell is a good indicator of whether or not an orange has spoiled. Fresh oranges should have little to no scent at all, and any smell should be bright, and zesty. Any sour, rotten or fermented smells indicate spoilage, and the orange should not be consumed.

Oranges that have been stored in the refrigerator then to dry out over time. This will cause them to shrivel, and eventually become hard on the outside. While this does not necessarily indicate that the orange has become hazardous to consume, it certainly will not be palatable and should be discarded.

Storing Oranges Long Term

Freezing whole oranges to extend their shelf life is not recommended, as their high water content will break apart the cell walls, and you will be left with a ball of mush.

Instead, oranges should be peeled and sectioned and their seeds removed before freezing. For best results, the oranges pieces can be covered in a sugar syrup, and then poured into an airtight container. Stored in this way, oranges can remain in the freezer for up to a year.

Another option for storing oranges long term, is canning. Because oranges are so acidic, they store quite well, and can be canned with a simple water bath.

Wash the oranges, and peel them, then separate the orange into sections. Remove any remaining pith and seeds from the sections, and pack them in sanitized jars, with an inch of space at the top. Cover the orange sections with either water, syrup, fruit juice or any liquid of choice, leaving a half inch of space. Seal the jars and follow canning procedures. Once the jars have cooled, canned oranges may be stored at room temperature for a year or more.

Do you get as excited as I do when grocery stores start carrying those giant bags of tangerines or clementines? They’re tangy, sweet, loaded with vitamin C, and they’re easy to peel, making them the perfect snack for any time of day. But how much do you know about the portable and easy-to-eat citrus?

What’s the Difference Between Tangerines and Clementines?

Like satsumas and clementines, tangerines are a type of mandarin. (Unlike tangerines, clementines have little to no seeds and easy-to-peel skin; satsumas hail from Japan.) The name “tangerine” comes from Tangier, Morocco, which was the port that the first batch of tangerines were shipped out of!

When Are Tangerines in Season?

The fruit is in season roughly from late October through January, and you should choose tangerines with an even, deep orange color and no soft or brown spots. Store yours in the refrigerator for up to two weeks!


What Should I Make With Tangerines?

I prefer to peel and eat them on the spot, but there’s more to tangerines than delicious simplicity. You can enjoy the citrus fruit in a fresh salad or even throw them in a smoothie! Try substituting tangerines for oranges in a roast chicken recipe or highlight the citrus fruit at brunch by making a tangerine and lemon marmalade.

Image Source: Getty / MmeEmil

When are Tangerines Ready to Harvest?

By : The Pittman & Davis Team | | On : April 13, 2018 | Category : Uncategorized

Oranges and tangerines are popular not only because of their succulent flesh and excellent taste but also because they are packed with healthy nutrients that help boosts the immune system and improve our overall health.

Of the many delicious citrus fruits to choose from, tangerines are one of the sweetest and are considered a treat throughout tangerine season.

Where Did Tangerines Come From?

Tangerines or Citrus tangerina are a variety of thin-skinned, deep-orange colored citrus hybrids. Tangerines are of the mandarin species of the family Rutaceae. They are carry some pomelo DNA.

The name tangerine came from Tangiers, a seaport in Morocco, where the fruit was first shipped to Europe and the United States in 1800s. Although named after the said port, oranges tangerines are indigenous to Southeast Asia and have been cultivated in Japan and China for over 3000 years.

Tangerine Season & Varieties of Tangerines

There are numerous hybrids and varieties of tangerines and the exact harvest time depends on the region and type of Tangerine. It takes months to fully ripen into sweet, tangy tangerines. Based on the list below you can see the time frame for the tangerines to go from the sweet, citrus-scented, white blooms attract bees and birds to the tree in March and April for pollination to the time green fruits develop and those fruits’ rinds turn orange.

  • Dancy – This traditional Christmas tangerine ripens and is ready for harvest from fall to winter.
  • Clementine – This seedless Algerian tangerine ripens during winter months.
  • Fremont – This tangerine is a cross between the Clementine and Ponkan citrus varieties and has a rich, sweet flavor. The Freemont tangerine ripens from fall to winter.
  • Honey (Murcott) – A tangerine variety that is small & seedy, but is sweet. This tangerine is ready for harvest from winter to early spring.
  • Encore – A sweet-tart tangerine that is seedy. It is the last variety to ripen and normally occurs in the spring.
  • Kara – This is a large fruit with the right combination of sweet & tangy flavor. The Kara tangerine ripens in spring.
  • Kinnow – This is a seedy, aromatic fruit that is harder to peel compared to other tangerine varieties. It ripens in winter to early spring.
  • Mediterranean (Willow leaf) – Unlike other tangerines that have deep orange color, this variety has fruit with a yellow/orange rind and very few seeds. It ripens in spring.
  • Pixie – This is a seedless mandarin that ripens in late January, but can be picked from the tangerine trees until spring.
  • Ponkan (Chinese Honey) – This sweet tangerine is a larger tangerine variety with easy-to-peel skin and juicy flesh. It ripens in early winter.
  • Satsuma (Unshiu) – This is a medium sized, seedless variety that is harvested from late fall to early winter.

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China: Shatang tangerines approach end of season

Slight price increase for premium fruit

February is already half-way over and the retail season of Shatang tangerines is almost finished. The price of premium fruit slightly increased. Farmers have begun to hoard the tangerines because of excessive rainfall in the last two days, and the supply speed slowed down. The main supply currently comes from production areas in Laibin, Guilin, and Liuzhou, with Guilin in the lead. More than 50% of the Shatang tangerines from production areas in Yangshuo and Lipu in Guilin are not yet sold.

When the season of Shatang tangerines is over, the fruit traders of Guangxi and Guangdong will shift to Orri mandarins and Mashui tangerines. The Orri mandarin retail volume slowly grows, and the price fluctuations are small. The Orri mandarins from Shanglin in Guangxi will enter the market in bulk at the end of this month when the season of Shatang tangerines concludes. The price of Orri mandarins is expected to slightly increase in early March when the fruit enters the market in bulk.

Source: ncw365.com

Publication date: Wed 20 Feb 2019

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Named after officials in Chinese imperial courts who once wore orange robes and headpieces topped with large, round buttons, mandarins tend to be smaller and slightly flatter in shape than oranges. Tangerines, most notably the red-orange Darcy from Florida, are the most recognizable class within the mandarin family. Others include the Satsuma, originally from Japan; the smooth, seedless Clementine widely grown in Algeria and Spain; and tangelos such as the honey-flavored Minneola tangelo.
Like other citrus fruit, tangerines and mandarins come to market from early winter to early spring. They are ideal for flavoring and garnishing desserts, and also shine in delicate sauces for fish, pork, chicken and duck.
Choose fruits that are deep in color, heavy for their size, and free of dull or soft spots. Although some will have loose skins, avoid those that appear overly bumpy, which indicates they are overripe.
The fruits will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week or in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Juice mandarins as you would other citrus: bring them to room temperature and cut them in half, then use a reamer or juicer attachment, and strain seeds and membranes before adding to recipes. Add citrus segments at the end of cooking and just heat them through to preserve their delicate texture.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking from the Farmers’ Market, by Tasha DeSerio & Jodi Liano (Weldon Owen, 2010).

The Citrus Tangerina, or Tangerine, is a slightly smaller, sweeter, and easier to peal relative of the orange. Tangerines gets their name from Tangiers, Morocco from where they were first shipped. They are a hybrid of Citrus Reticulada and the Mandarin Orange. Tangerine trees are more cold resistant than their other citrus relatives, however, they are still very vulnerable to freezing weather. They thrive in warm, sunny climates. If you do not live in a tropical or subtropical area, you can easily find dwarf tangerine trees for sale online and grow them in a pot that can be brought indoors.

Tangerine Tree

The tangerine tree is fairly small compared to other citrus, growing to about 10-15 feet high. It’s a self-pollinating plant and usually starts bearing fruit when it’s about 2-3 years old. This tree needs ample sunlight and well-draining soil for it to yield more fruits, so it’s best to plant it where it gets the most exposure.


There are many varieties of tangerines, so it’s best to make sure you’re getting the kind you want.

  • Algerian tangerines, more commonly known as clementines, are a small, seedless variety of tangerine known for their sweetness. They are often used for cooking or to make marmalade because of their distinct sweetness. They are in season between November and February.
  • Another popular tangerine variety is the Murcott or Honey Tangerine. This variety is a tangerine-sweet orange hybrid that produces medium-sized, reddish-orange or yellow fruits which contains some seeds. It is in season later compared to other tangerine varieties, from mid-winter to early spring.
  • Temples, or Royal Mandarins, are another well-known tangerine variety. They grow on comparatively larger trees than other tangerines, and the fruits are noticeably larger as well. They are a tangerine-orange hybrid and some even prefer to classify them as tangors. Their peak season comes from December through March.
  • One of the most common kinds of tangerines is the Sunburst tangerine. Sunburst tangerines are popular to plant in home orchards, because of the thornless tree that yields delicious medium-sized, loose-skinned fruit. It gets its name from the sun-shaped stem end. They are typically in season in the late fall and winter months.

Tree Care

There are some key points you need to pay attention to if you decide to buy a tangerine dwarf tree. As mentioned earlier, the plant thrives in the sun so place it outside, or directly in front of a window. If growing in a container, you may want to consider placing it outdoors during the summer but make sure to bring it back indoors before the first frost. For the first two years, just water it enough to keep the soil moist but not wet.

Indoor-grown tangerines also need to be pollinated by hand. A dry paintbrush is perfect for the job. Just lightly dab the brush on the center from flower to flower, simulating how bees do it.

Also, make sure to prune suckers and old branches from your plant when new growth starts around springtime. It’s usually necessary to re-pot your dwarf tangerine tree every three or four years. It may take some time and effort, but that just makes it tastier once your tangerine tree grows enough to yield fruit.

20 Ways Tangerines Make You Look and Feel Younger

Tangerines. Clementines. Mandarin oranges. “The things that look like oranges but smaller.”

Whether you come from a household that sticks ’em at the bottom of Christmas stockings or you keep a bowl of the juicy fruits as an everyday pop of color in your kitchen, this winter citrus is at its peak right now. As for which name to use, the fact is that they’re all extremely similar in their nutritional profile: They have just under 40 calories, about 1.5 grams of fiber, tons of powerful flavanoids, and about as much Vitamin C as you’d expect from a petite doppelganger of an orange. They’ve got approximately three times as much Vitamin A than oranges and make absorbing iron much more efficient for your body. To keep things simple, we’re going with “tangerines” in the below benefits, but do keep in mind that clementines are actually seedless.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get to the good stuff…the part about how tangerines benefit your health, your hair, your skin, and more. To double your feel-good efforts, consider pairing a tangerine snack with one of these weight loss teas!


Tangerines Are Good for Your Skin

This one’s the biggie! (And really, is there anything more youthful than glowy, clear skin?) Tangerines, thanks to their antioxidants that fight skin-ruining free radicals, possess a third of your daily dose of vitamin C. While you can reap the benefits from the inside out, you can also brighten your skin with a homemade mask that removes oil and bacteria. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, a teaspoon of honey, and the juice of 3 or 4 tangerine slices. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse off, pat dry, and follow up with your usual moisturizer.


They’re Good for Your Smile

Researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo showed that people who don’t get their daily dose of vitamin C are 25 percent more likely to have gingivitis. In other words, puffy, red gums that bleed when you brush. Eating a tangerine is an easy option to keep your mouth in good shape, but don’t go crazy; the high acid content can break down the enamel on your teeth. Speaking of smiles, find out the 25 Foods That Make You Instantly Sexier.


Your Eyes Benefit from Tangerines

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the main cause of vision loss for American who are older than 60, and cataracts are extremely common as well. Thanks to the vitamin C and A in tangerines, you can delay or even prevent losing your vision. One important note: Eat the tangerines freshly cut or not cooked, since heat and light can weaken vitamin C.


Tangerines Keep Your Bones Strong

A Tufts University study found that a group of men who consumed more vitamin C and potassium—both in tangerines!—had increased bone density and fewer fractures. We’re not saying you can go play soccer like you’re 17 again, but who would want to keep their bones from going brittle on them?


Tangerines Slow the Aging Process…

It’s all about the antioxidants, as mentioned in #1. Along with giving your skin a youthful glow, tangerines’ powerful properties, and antioxidants slow the aging process by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Inspired? Find out the 30 Secrets from the World’s Sexiest Women!


…and Delay the Signs of Aging

Although consuming tangerines will get more vitamin A into your system, look for beauty products that utilize this anti-wrinkle food, too. Wrinkles are a result of your skin losing its elasticity, thinning out, and becoming dry; but the age-you-fast free radicals can be fended off by tangerines’ antioxidants.


You Can Absorb Iron More Efficiently

You’ve heard about how certain food combos are especially powerful, and here’s another great example. When a tangerine’s vitamin C syncs up with the dietary iron from something like spinach, the result is that your body can absorb the iron much more easily. Not getting enough iron often means you’ll be more tired than you should be (possibly even be short of breath!), have darker circles under your eyes, and even appear paler.


Tangerines Give You Better Hair

Although being able to breathe (see #7) is hella important, your hair is where you’ll also see the benefits of being able to absorb that iron. And get this—a study conducted by Dr. Marianne LaFrance, Professor of Psychology and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Yale University, showed that “bad hair days” resulted in social insecurity, lower self-esteem, and even self-worth. So if that’s not a case for pursuing shiny hair, we don’t know what is.


Seriously, Way Better Hair!

Say it with us: Go B12! The vitamin B12 in tangerines promotes hair growth, reduces hair loss, and slows down the graying process. Similar to topical skin products, there are also hair products with tangerine properties, if you want to double down on your efforts. (We like the Bourbon Vanilla and Tangerine Hair Texturizer from John Masters Organics.)


Tangerines Moisturize from the Inside Out

You know how your hair can get greasy, even after you just washed it? Maybe it’s the water, maybe it’s that you’re stripping your scalp of oils from washing too much, or maybe your scalp sebum is out of whack. The vitamin A in tangerines, however, helps to balance that scalp sebum while conditioning and moisturizing the scalp, too.


They Boost Your Mood

As if having great hair days doesn’t make you happy enough, the scent of citrus (especially an orange-y one) can perk you up, too. Barbara Thomley, the lead coordinator for the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic, told health journalists that the scent can curb your stress, anxiety, and even calm you down.


You Get an Immunity Boost from Tangerines

We all know the importance of vitamin C to keep our immune systems strong and battle common colds. But another food combo to take note of is pairing a tangerine with a cup of mint tea, which has antiviral properties! Find out more teas we love.


They Help with Digestion

Because nothing makes you feel old like “sudden urges,” right? The vitamin A can aid improving nutrient absorption and keep your digestive tract hydrated; about one tangerine can be 3-4 ounces of water.


They Benefit Your Muscles

Although a banana has almost four times the amount of potassium, a tangerine’s 115+ mg of potassium can still help with your muscle growth and recovery. Although we’re in the middle of our love letter to tangerines, be sure to check out the 21 Amazing Things Bananas Do to Your Body later!


Tangerines Help Prevent Diabetes

According to researchers at The University of Western Ontario, the secret ingredient is the flavonoid called nobiletin. It’s this powerful player that helps protect against type 2 diabetes and was shown to prevent the buildup of fat (particularly in the liver) by encouraging the body to burn fat and discourage the manufacture and storage of fat.


And They’re Good for Your Heart, Too!

Similar to diabetes prevention, that nobiletin mentioned above protects against atherosclerosis, the root cause of many heart attacks and strokes.


Tangerines Lower the Risk of Stroke

Along with its flavanoid friend, the potassium in tangerines is also on the line of defense against strokes. In a Nurses’ Healthy Study of more than 69 thousand individuals, it was found that women who ate higher quantities of citrus fruits like tangerines had a 19 percent decreased chance of a blood-clot related stroke.


They Bolster Your Red Blood Cells

Tangerines contain almost 20 mg of folate, the naturally-occurring version of folic acid. That’s nowhere near your recommended daily intake, but it’s still important because folate encourages DNA repair and cell and tissue growth.


Tangerines Can Help Fight Cancer and Other Serious Diseases

The compound tangeretin and limonoids are reportedly helpful for inhibiting the spread of leukemia and breast cancer. However, while some Korean studies have shown an association between lower incidences, research is preliminary and primarily from in vitro cell culture and animal testing. So, as always, consult with your doctor.


They Help Keep You Slim!

Last, but not least, tangerines can help with your weight loss efforts, thanks to their hunger-silencing fiber. Plus, the vitamins in tangerines inhibit the production of cortisol, which is the stress hormone that ultimately also influences your body to store fat.

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