Tangerines, often known as ᴍᴀɴdarin oranges, may be cultivated in USDA zones 8 to 11, making them more cold-hardy than oranges. They need full light, regular irrigation, and well-draining soil, just like another citrus. Since there are several dwarf kinds, they make great container citrus. The majority of cultivars are self-fertile and ideal for people with small gardens. So when can tangerines be harvested? A tangerine tree needs about 3 years to start bearing fruit.
Since tangerines ripen sooner than other citrus fruits, they are protected against freeze ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ, which would otherwise affect midseason kinds like gʀᴀᴘᴇfruit and sweet oranges. While the actual tangerine harvest season varies by region and cultivar, most types will be ripe for picking in the winter and early spring. Thus, the question of when to pick tangerines has an answer. Depending on the cultivar being cultivated and the location of the fruit, variations can be significant.
As an illustration, the Dancy, a typical Christmas tangerine, ripens from fall until winter. Tangerines from Aʟɢᴇʀɪᴀ often have no seeds and ripen in the winter. A juicy, sweet tangerine called Fremont ripens from the fall until the winter. Honey or Murcoot tangerines have a sweet, juicy flavor and are available to pick from early spring through winter. They are quite small and seedy. Encore is the last of the tangerines to ripen, usually in the spring, and is a seedy citrus fruit with a sweet-tart flavor. Kara varieties provide enormous, sweet-tart fruit that also ripens in the spring.
Kinnow contains fragrant, seedy fruit that is a little more challenging to peel than other types. This variety ripens from early winter to early spring and thrives in warmer climates. Mediterranean or Willow Leaf varieties have a spring-ripening yellow/orange skin, flesh, and few seeds. Peeling Pixie tangerines is simple and they are seedless. The season is late when they ripen. Ponkan, also known as Chinese Honey ᴍᴀɴdarin, is an extremely fragrant, sweet fruit with few seeds. Early winter is when they begin to ripen. Satsumas, also known as Jᴀᴘᴀɴese tangerines or Unshiu in Jᴀᴘᴀɴ, have a seedless skin that is simple to peel. From late fall through early winter, this medium-sized to small fruit ripens fairly early.
Tangerines will be ᴄʟᴏsᴇ to being ready for harvest when they are a good shade of orange and start to soften. This is your opportunity to sample some food. Using hand pruners, remove the fruit off the tree at the stem. Use the hand pruners to cut other fruit from the tree if, following your taste test, the fruit has attained the appropriate level of juicy sweetness. Tangerines that have just been picked will keep for around two weeks at room temperature, or longer if kept in the fridge. They should not be stored in plastic bags as they are susceptible to mold.
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