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Re: Kumquat, Citrus

Clementines are tangerines, Ceres. Just a variety that grows best in Iberia--hence, wooden boxes to keep them from getting mushed in shipping. California has also entered the clementine market, but it's product, so far, is quite inferior to the European fruit.

"Tangerine" is another case of common name sleight-of-hand. It's a faux-variety of Mandarin, which includes the "Clementine," "Ponkan." "Murcott." and "Satsuma," and a few dozen others. Lance Walheim ["Citrus," Ironwood Press] says "tangerine" was coined to help market the reddish-orange "Dancy" and has no botanical significance.

On Feb 19, 2006, at 8:18 PM, Cersgarden@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 2/19/06 5:09:35 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com writes:

the fruit is smaller than an
orange, larger than a tangerine.  The skin is thick, but peels like a

Noreen/Jim, how does a clementine differ from a tangerine? I have gone thru
a pile of wooden boxs containing clementines this year. I do love them!
Why would they go to the expense of packaging them in wooden boxes?

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Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
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Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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