WHAT IS A TANGERINE?
Also known as “Mandarins” or “baby oranges” this member of the citrus family is closely related but still different from an orange. Tangerines first became popular in Florida after being imported there from the city of Tangiers (Morocco). In the 1800s they exported most of this citrus fruit and thus gave birth to the name. Being smaller and easier to peel then oranges has led to their modern-day popularity as a quick and easy snack.
WHY ARE TANGERINES GOOD FOR YOU?
Compared to an orange, this fruit is lower in calories and carbohydrates while being higher in fiber. It also has double the amount of Vitamin C, and Folate. If you’re taking liver medication consult with a doctor on the wisdom of eating tangerines.
WHEN ARE TANGERINES IN SEASON?
In warmer parts of North America they are a winter (November through January) harvest.
HOW SHOULD TANGERINES BE STORED?
Prior to ripening store them in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Once they’re close to ripening, store them in your refrigerator to extend their shelf life.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A TANGERINE?
The knife technique is the same as with an orange. Click here to see!
WHAT IS A TANGERINE DREAM?
There are several meanings to this term. In dreams seeing a tangerine is a bad omen that someone is going to become distrustful. If you’re a cannabis fan, a tangerine dream is a popular, award-winning hybrid strain. This term can also refer to the German electronic band led by Edgar Froese. Famous for their ethereal music and flute solos (unseen since Jethro Tull), their electronic vibe became almost synonymous with 80’s film soundtracks. Some critics praise the quality of their music for the time. However others claim David Hasselhoff’s popularity in Froese’s native Germany was a retaliatory cultural strike. Though to be fair Mr. Hasselhoff is still selling out to packed stadiums in Germany and Austria.