Mandarins, Clementines, and Tangerines


Choose clementines with a uniform orange color, shinny skin, with no blemishes or wrinkles. They should feel soft.

When picking tangerines or any other citrus fruit, there is no “tree ripe.” The fruit moves from immature to mature and then to overly mature stages over several months. The optimal harvest period can extend from November through January.

The only way for a gardener to determine the maturity of citrus fruit in a home orchard is to taste the fruit. What about fruit color? This won’t help you since the color development does not synchronize with the sugar development. Some fruits have fully colored rinds well before they are ripe, while others are green even though they are deliciously ready to eat.


At room temperature clementines will last for about 2 to 3 days. Place them in the refrigerator if you do not plan on using them within 2 to 3 days.


Excellent source of vitamin C, fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, and sodium free.

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