The mandarin orange resembles kumquats and at first glance, it’s easy to mistake one for other. But that’s where all the similarities end. Kumquats have edible skin while mandarins don’t. Mandarins are extremely easy to peel because of their “loose” skin. Compared to oranges, mandarins are extremely sweet with only a bit of tartness to it. Mandarin oranges are also one of the few citrus (or possibly only) fruits that are sold canned and peeled.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Sapindales
- Family: Rutaceae
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: C. reticulata
- Binomial name: Citrus reticulata
- Mandarin orange peel is used in its dried form in China to enhance digestion.
- The name “Mandarin” comes from the bright orange robes worn by ancient public officials in China.
- The Sumo Citrus, which is reported to be the sweetest in the world, is a hybrid between an orange and a mandarin.
- During Chinese New Year, mandarin oranges are considered to be a sign of good fortune.