Feel The Peel: Tangerine Tips and Tricks

It’s true that great things come in small packages. Tangerines have a powerfully potent flavor profile, mirroring the tartness of standard oranges with a saccharine sweetness all its own. Don’t just think of tangerines as small oranges though; they play by subtly different rules and regulations that can effect your dish’s overall quality if not taken into consideration. From selection to presentation, keep these tips in mind the next time you feel the peel.

  • The best way to determine if your tangerine is ripe is to give it a quick smell. Be on the outlook for a sweet, citrus-infused scent. Beyond that, always seek out tangerines that have loose, slightly moist peels.
  • As a general rule, the heavier your fruit the better. Tangerines have a relatively high water content, so a dried out fruit will be noticeably lighter.
  • Even though tangerines come with a built-in protective peel, they’re still big softies. Tangerines are easily bruised and have a slightly lower shelf-life than oranges, lasting up to a week if stored at room temperature.
    • Pro Tip: You can extend the life of your tangerines by storing them in your refrigerator’s crisper, but make sure your container has ample airflow.
  • Tangerines are a clear kid favorite. They’re easy to peel and have premium nutritional value for their small size, making them great companions in grab and go lunches!
  • Brighten up those dreary winter days with some dessert. Tangerine’s winter season helps bridge the gap between spring berries and fall squash, and its flavor is versatile enough for most desserts!