Florida’s Tangy Tangerines
In Florida we are known for our citrus and not just our oranges, but our tangerines too! This particular citrus is known for its sweet taste and smaller size. Despite their small size, tangerines are packed with nutrition! Tangerines provide a great source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B1, B2, and B3. These sweet treats are also super low in calories.
Florida is proud to be one of the top producers of tangerines in the United States! In Florida, there are three predominate types of tangerine trees grown: Dancy, Murcott, and Satsuma. You can find fresh tangerines grown in Florida from September to April. The peak season for tangerines is from the end of October until mid-November.
When shopping for tangerines in the grocery store, you should look for fruit that is a glossy, deep orange color and that is relatively firm and heavy. This citrus can be stored in the refrigerator or on your kitchen counter. By storing your fruit in the refrigerator, it can stay fresh for up to two weeks!
We traditionally think of citrus being eaten fresh by themselves but there are actually many different ways to prepare it. Tangerines can be added to salads, mixed in a fruit parfait, stir fried, and used in vinaigrettes or marinades too. This sweet citrus pairs well with seafood, grilled meats, lettuce, avocados, yogurt, honey, ginger, and basil.
For your enjoyment, try out a tangerine & seafood recipe courtesy of Fresh From Florida!
Did You Know?
- Tangerines grow on trees.
- A grafted tangerine tree can start producing fruit within 2-3 years of being planted.
- A tangelo is a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit.
- Tangerines are super easy to peel for a quick and healthy snack!
- Tangerine is not only a fruit, but actually a place in Orange County, Florida too!
Content courtesy of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services and Fresh From Florida.
Information compiled by: Avianna Liuzzo