[nafex] Clementines?

Kathleen Meigs kmeigs at tcsn.net
Fri Dec 7 20:08:46 EST 2001


Ginda--

All of the fruits you mention are "mandarins". ..just different varieties.
Dancy (probably what is called "tangerine" at hte market) and Honey are
other popular varieties. Naturally, we do not get imported Spanish or other
ones out here. But we have many local varities. Some yummy and some dry and
seedy.

Katy Meigs
Jolon at Last Farm
Central California
USDA Zone 8/9



----- Original Message -----
From: Ginda Fisher <ginda at concentric.net>
To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2001 3:36 PM
Subject: Re: [nafex] Clementines?


> In New York city, "tangerines", "clementines", and "mandarins" are all
> marketed separately, although they look quite similar and are available
> at the same time of year.  Tangerines are the largest of the three, with
> (usually) the loosest skins.  They have a distinctly "tangerine"
> flavor.  The are flatter in shape, and have a few seeds.  Clementines
> are smaller, nearly seedless, and have skins nearly as loose.  They are
> very sweet and taste more like oranges than like tangerines.  As I don't
> care for the tangerine flavor, I prefer them.  Unlike the others, the
> boxes are always marked "product of Spain".  Mandarins are the
> prettiest, and sometimes have bits of stem attached.  They are less
> sweet, have tighter skins, and plentiful seeds.  They taste like sour
> clementines, and are sometimes dry.
>
> I have no idea how the marketed fruits relate to species or cultivar.
>
> Clementines are available now in my Massachusetts supermarket.  I also
> saw some this summer - imported from South Africa!
>
> Ginda
>
> Kathleen Meigs wrote:
> >
> > Hi there from out West--
> >
> > I hope this is of interest:
> >
> > We grow lots of citrus including "tangerines" out here in southern and
> > central California. Clementine is one variety of tangerigne or mandarin
> > orange. We prefer satsuma mandarin as sweeter, juicer, easier to peel.
> > Seedless tangerines (of which there are several varieties, including
Pixie,
> > are the best for gulping down).
> >
>
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