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The Tango tangerine is a mid to late season variety mandarin. Medium in size by mandarin standards the Tango tangerine has a squat shape and smooth skin. It thin vivid orange hued rind is easy to peel once the fruit is mature. The Tango tangerine has an exceptionally juicy inner flesh and can be divided into 9 to 10 nearly seedless segments. Tango tangerines offer a sweet citrus flavor with mild sour notes. Its rind is rich with citrus oil and aromatic when pierced or muddled.
Tango tangerines are available in the late winter and early spring months.
The Tango tangerine, also known as the Tango mandarin is one of the most successful varieties of citrus to come out of the University of California Riverside’s Citrus Breeding Program. The Tango is nearly identical to the W. Murcott mandarin, it is unique feature is that unlike the W. Murcott the Tango tangerine is seedless. On the marketplace Tango tangerines are also often sold under the well-known names Delite and Cutie.