Orange, clementine, tangerine? What is the difference? I’m not quite sure; I think it is all down to where it is coming from. We need them for Vitamin C, for potpourri but it turns out it can be used for a whole lot more.
No wonder the Turkish town of Seferishisar is holding a tangerine festival; it started on Sunday and is part of the Town’s initiative to promote the district’s agricultural mainstay. Sunday was mainly for entertainment activities and today the organizers will host two panels on tangerine cultivation as well as marketing and sales strategies for the fruit.
Tangerines come in different types;
Clementine - the most popular variety of tangerine, it contains very few seeds and has a glossy, dark orange peel. Clementines are often sold with the leaves attached. They are in season from mid-November to January.
Dancy - they have a dark red-orange thin peel, a fairly large number of seeds and an excellent tart-sweet flavour. They are in season from mid-December to January.
Fairchild - known for their easy to peel "zipper skin," Fairchild tangerines are one of the earliest varieties, available from mid-October to January.
Honey - also known as Murcott or Honey Mandarin, this variety has a thin skin, many seeds, and is very sweet and juicy. They are in season from January through April.
Minneola Tangelo - this is a cross between a tangerine and a pomelo (a type of grapefruit). Tangelos have a characteristic knob on one end where the stem grows, and a dark orange colour. They are in season from January to April.
Royal Mandarin - also known as Temples, these are tangors, a cross between a tangerine and an orange. They are larger than other varieties of tangerines, and their tart-sweet taste is closer to that of an orange. They have very few or no seeds and are available from mid-January to mid-March.
Satsuma - Satsumas have a lighter coloured orange peel and bright orange flesh. They are less acidic than some of the other varieties, and are often sold in cans as Mandarin oranges. They are available from mid-October to the end of December.
Tangerine’s health benefits are many, they are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and dietary fiber; they also contain calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium, and vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
It is also used in many dishes and desserts like tangerine duck, tangerine chicken, coleslaw, fruit salads, green salads, fondues, sauces and glazes for cakes and sweet breads, chutney and salsa. Tangerine juice and zest can be also added to soups
So what else are can be made out of a tangerine? Check out this cool video below….