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Tangerines are smaller than most oranges, and are usually much easier to peel and to split into segments. The taste is often less sour, or tart, than that of an orange.

Good tangerines will be firm to slightly soft, heavy for their size, and pebbly-skinned with no deep grooves, as well as orange in color. Peak tangerine season is short, lasting from October to April in the Northern Hemisphere. Tangerines are most commonly peeled and eaten out of hand. The fresh fruit is also used in salads, desserts and main dishes. Fresh tangerine juice and frozen juice concentrate are commonly available in the United States. The number of seeds in each segment (carpel) varies greatly. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangerine

The Tangelo is a citrus fruit that is a hybrid of a tangerine and either a pomelo or a grapefruit. It may have originated in Southeast Asia over 3,500 years ago. The fruits are the size of an adult fist and have a tangerine taste, but are very juicy, to the point of not providing much flesh but producing excellent and plentiful juice. Tangelos generally have loose skin and are easier to peel than oranges.[1] They are easily distinguished from oranges by a characteristic knob at the top of the fruit. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangelo

TANGERINE Citrus reticulata

VARIETY SEASON OF
MATURITY
SEEDS/
FRUIT
FRUIT
SIZE
COMMENTS
CLEMENTINE
Citrus clementina
OCT – FEB FEW
0 – 6
SMALL
2”
Sweet, easy peel, orange peel color. Spain. Cold hardy.
DANCY DEC – JAN MANY
6 – 20
SMALL
2¼” – 2½”
One of FL’s oldest tangerine varieties. Traditional Christmas tangerine. Peel deep red color; easy to peel (zipper-skin). Excellent fruit quality, richly flavored, acidic. Similar to Ponkan but smaller. Upright, vigorous growth, large tree, thornless, alternate bear. Some cold resistant, fruit susceptible to frost.
KING MANDARIN
(King of Siam)
Citrus nobilis
MAR – JUN MANY
5 – 15
LARGE Thick, rough, lumpy rind, easy peel, superb flavor-sweet, flesh deep orange. Very productive, medium-size tree with large leaf. Fairly cold hardy.
MURCOTT
(Honey Tangerine)
Tangerine X sweet orange
JAN – MAR MANY
10 – 20
MEDIUM
2¾” – 3¾ ”
Exceptionally sweet, juicy with a zipper like peel. Yellowish-orange peel, deep red flesh, heavy bearer. Tight, thin skin. Heavy, alternate bearer. Vigorous, bushy tree w/ willowy branches. Cold sensitive.
PONKAN (Chinese Honey) Mandarin
Citrus reticulata Ponkan
DEC – JAN FEW
3 – 7
LARGE
2¾” – 3¼”
Excellent fruit quality. Easily peeled. Sweet, low acid. “Old Tangerine” similar to Dancy but bigger. Fruit is round, flat on top & bottom. Upright & vigorous growth, med-size tree. Alternate bearing. Good dooryard variety. Cold hardy.
ROBINSON
Mandarin Clementine X Orlando
OCT – DEC VARIES
1 – 20
SMALL – MEDIUM
2½” – 2¾”
Very sweet. Easily peeled. Deep red flesh and peel color. Harvest prior to color break. Susceptible to limb breakage if fruit bearing too heavy. Twig & limb dieback, prune out dead wood. Cold hardy.  **similar to Sunburst * FallGlo (cross w/ Temple – lot of Temple taste)**
SATSUMA
Citrus unshiu
SEPT – NOV FEW
0 – 6
SM-MED
2¼” – 2½”
Sweet with low acid, easily peeled. Fruit segments good for canning in syrup or natural juice. Early harvest, can be harvested before full peel color. Sparse foliage growing habit; slow growing. Cold hardy.
SUNBURST
Robinson X Osceola (clementine X Orlando)
NOV – JAN VARIES
1 – 20
SM-MED
2½” – 3”
Bright red peel and flesh color, excellent eating. Fruit should exhibit some color before harvest. Easily peeled. Matures after Robinson, before Dancy.  **similar to Robinson*

Note: Nothing requires a pollinator; if did, may produce more fruit. < 25-30 F, need to protect all citrus. HARD FREEZE: 28 F > 4 hrs.

TANGELO (mandarin [tangerine] X grapefruit) Citrus x tangelo

VARIETY SEASON OF
MATURITY
SEEDS/
FRUIT
FRUIT
SIZE
COMMENTS
MINNEOLA (Honeybell)
Duncan grapefruit X Dancy tangerine
DEC – MAY FEW
7 – 12
LARGE
3” – 3½”
Bell shaped fruit, very sweet flavor. Peel thin, smooth, reddish orange with orange flesh. Vigorous, large tree. Extremely juicy. More tangerine taste. Cold hardy.
NOVA
Clementine tangerine X Orlando tangelo
NOV – DEC VARIES
1 – 30
MEDIUM
2¾” – 3”
Flesh deep orange, very sweet flavor, juicy. Pick fruit green, reddish orange rind. Vigorous grower, thorny, heavy producer. Cold tolerant.
ORLANDO
Duncan grapefruit X Dancy tangerine
NOV – JAN VARIES
0 – 35
LARGE
2¾” – 3”
Very juicy, heavy bearer. Rind adheres to flesh making it difficult to peel & oily. Foliage has distinctive cupped appearance. Sweet but not like Minneola. Cold hardy.

Note: Nothing requires a pollinator; if did, may produce more fruit. < 25-30 F, need to protect all citrus. HARD FREEZE: 28 F > 4 hrs.