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Fremont tangerines are bright orange and medium sized. Each oblate fruit is around two and a half to three inches in diameter with a flattened stem end. The skin is brilliant dark orange, smooth, and fairly thin, and like most tangerines, easy to remove. The flesh has few seeds and a lot of juice, and tastes intensely sweet with some acid.
Fremont tangerines are available in the mid-winter through the early summer months.
Fremonts are a variety of tangerine, with the botanical name Cistrus reticulata Blanco. They belong to the mandarin family of oranges. Fremont tangerines were bred as a cross of the Clementine and the Ponkan mandarin varieties. Tangerines are one of several varieties of mandarins; others include tangelos, mineolas, temples, and clementines.
Tangerines are very high in Vitamin C, and contain half of the daily recommended value. They are low in most nutrients and in calories, but have some fiber, potassium, and folic acid, as well as two teaspoons of sugar.
As a snack fruit, tangerines are some of the best since they are portable and easy to eat. Simply peel open and remove the white, bitter pith from the flesh. For slightly more complicated preparations, add them to salads, use them as a garnish for main dishes, include in seafood dishes, or bake into desserts. The best Sunbursts will have the richest color and unblemished skin, feel heavy, and smell fresh. Tangerines are more perishable than other citrus, so keep them at room temperature for two days at most, or a week in the refrigerator.
Tangerines of all types are often part of Chinese New Year celebrations. They are considered symbols of happiness and prosperity, and are eaten and displayed in residences, stores, and offices around the holiday.
The mandarin family of citrus originally came from China, but has traveled all over the world. Tangerines are named after their route of entry into Europe, by way of the port of Tangier in Morocco. The Sunburst is a more recently developed American variety of tangerine, and is commercially produced in Florida.