It's the same in Australia - tangerines and mandarins are sold under the names 'tangerines' and 'mandarins'.In my part of the world, tangerines are generally sold under that name. You probably wouldn't have to ask anything in the produce section at the average supermarket.
Tangerines and mandarin (orange)s are closely related and I've often heard them both called Satsumas. I suspect the naming of these things is unregulated, although there are classification systems." The three original species in the citrus genus that have been hybridized into most modern commercial citrus fruit are the mandarin orange, pummelo, and citron. Within the last few thousand years, all common citrus fruits (sweet oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, and so on) all were created by crossing those original species. "
The tangerine (Citrus tangerina) is an orange-colored citrus fruit that is closely related to, or possibly a type of, mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata).
The name was first used for fruit coming from Tangier, Morocco, described as a mandarin variety. Under the Tanaka classification system, Citrus tangerina is considered a separate species. Under the Swingle system, tangerines are considered to be a group of mandarin (C. reticulata) varieties. While tangerines genetically resemble mandarins, the genetics are still not thoroughly studied.[dubious ] The term is currently applied to any reddish-orange mandarin (and, in some jurisdictions, mandarin-like hybrids, including some tangors), but the term "tangerine" may yet acquire a definite genetic meaning.
For me, a satsuma is a specific, small, orange citrus fruit which has a very loose peel - it seems to have air gaps between the peel and the fruit. I've seen them in southern California and southern Louisiana where people grow them in yards or sell them at roadside stands. I've very rarely seen them in specialty grocery stores (Sprouts, Whole Foods, ...) because they don't ship well.Tangerines and mandarin (orange)s are closely related and I've often heard them both called Satsumas.
Its fruit is "one of the sweetest citrus varieties, with a meltingly tender texture" and usually seedless, about the size of other mandarin oranges (Citrus reticulata). One of the distinguishing features of the satsuma is the thin, leathery skin dotted with large and prominent oil glands, which is lightly attached around the fruit, enabling it to be peeled very easily in comparison to other citrus fruits. The satsuma also has particularly delicate flesh, which cannot withstand the effects of careless handling. The uniquely loose skin of the satsuma, however, means that any such bruising and damage to the fruit may not be immediately apparent upon the typical cursory visual inspection associated with assessing the quality of other fruits.
Me too, but I've seen them also sold as mandarins and tangerines (and probably two-word combination names )- I think of a satsuma as a variety of mandarin (itself more a generic than a specific term) so satsumas (named from Satsuma province in Kyushu) and tangerines (from Tangiers) are kinds of mandarins. It's a bit like English: there's general agreement about a lot of things, and often a prescriptive system, but no regulatory body to nail the details for common usage.For me, a satsuma is a specific, small, orange citrus fruit which has a very loose peel - it seems to have air gaps between the peel and the fruit. I've seen them in southern California and southern Louisiana where people grow them in yards or sell them at roadside stands. I've very rarely seen them in specialty grocery stores (Sprouts, Whole Foods, ...) because they don't ship well.
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Your usage parallels mine. I always have heard of "mandarin oranges" but only "tangerines"; I have never heard of "tangerine oranges" and rarely ever hear of "mandarins".In my part of the world, tangerines are generally sold under that name. You probably wouldn't have to ask anything in the produce section at the average supermarket. Instead, you would find them piled on a table somewhere in little mesh bags. If you did need to ask, you'd likely ask for tangerines.
Mandarin orange slices are typically packed in juice or syrup over here and sold in cans. You'd find them in the aisle with other types of canned fruit.
Clementines are seedless (usually) and honey-sweet. The Mandarins branded as "Cuties" and "Sweeties" are clementines. They're easier to peel than tangerines (though not as easy as satsumas), hence their popularity for children. Satsumas are the Mandarin oranges that are most often canned.