A lot of people get confused between tangerines and mandarins, but don’t worry, we are get confused sometimes too. To make it simple, the tangerine is a type of mandarin. This means that all tangerines are mandarins, but not vice versa. The main differences between both are in color, taste, and peel. Everything else, like nutritional benefits and preparation methods, are the same. The tangerine has a darker reddish-orange skin while the mandarin comes in a light orange shade. Taste-wise, the tangerine is a bit tarter than mandarins, which tend to be on the sweeter side. Tangerines also have thicker skin than most mandarins, making them better for export due to their durability.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Sapindales
- Family: Rutaceae
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: C. tangerina
- Binomial name: Citrus tangerina
- Tangerines are named after Tangiers, a port city in Morocco, where they were shipped from when sent to Europe.
- Essential oils from the tangerine peel are used to flavor everything from candy, ice cream, soda, baked goods, and even perfume.
- It takes around 4 tangerines to create one cup of juice.