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Tangerines gain popularity over oranges

Smaller, sweeter and easier to peel than its cousin the orange, tangerines have gained popularity with consumers over the years. With several varieties to choose from, there is a tangerine to suit any palate.

With the start of gift fruit season in November, people around the world begin to receive boxes of Florida Citrus on their doorstep. But oranges and grapefruit are not the only options for those seeking a taste of Florida Citrus. Tangerines also thrive in Florida’s subtropical environment and sandy soil.

“As the season kicks-off, shipments of tangerines are down slightly, although this could be due to variances in seasons,” explains David Steele of the Florida Department of Citrus.

“Millionsof dollars have been invested to find a cure,” said Steele, “Researchers andgrowers continue to generate innovative techniques to produce the high qualitycitrus fruit Florida is known for.”

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