Tangerines, satsumas, clementines and minneolas, are all part of the Mandarin Orange category (so we can call them Mandarins from now on). Compared to oranges, Mandarins tend to be smaller in size, are easier to peel, and are less tart.
Tangerines - these are less sweet than the other Mandarins, they may have seeds, and have slightly tougher peels. A ripe tangerine is firm to slightly soft, heavy for its size, and pebbly-skinned with no deep grooves, as well as orange in color.
Satsumas - Autumn/Winter time is when the satsuma really comes into its own. It is known for being the easiest to peel, due to itts leathery skin. However, this makes them more prone to bruising, due it's delicate flesh. It is similar in taste to the clementine.
Fun fact - satsuma juice is much deeper and redder in colour than orange juice
|Right - Satsuma Juice Left - Orange Juice|
We hope this helps your quest to decipher - satsuma, tangerine, or clementine?
Don't forget, you can always talk to the FFTO team to add these fruits onto your fruit delivery. Give us a call on 08000194037, or email us.
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