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About mandarinquats

A botanical hybrid of the mandarin orange and kumquat, the mandarinquat belongs to the citrus family. It's often thought that mandarinquats are related to oranges because of their coloring, but they have no orange parentage. The fruit is also known as the Indio mandarinquat, a reference to Indio, California, where the first trees were grown.

Dr. John Carpenter, who worked at the U.S. Date and Citrus Station, created the first mandarinquat around 1972 when he crossed an Heirloom Nagami kumquat from Florida with a Fancy mandarin. It took until 1989 for commercial growers to become introduced to the mandarinquat, which were originally grown for ornamental use and later sold for eating.

Today, mandarinquats are commercially grown in southern California and are about twice the size of a regular kumquat, so it's about 2 to 3 inches in diameter and about 2 inches in length. Kumquats are about the size of your thumb, and you can easily pop them into your mouth without having juice drip down your chin, whereas mandarinquats are about the size of a child's fist. If you decide to eat these whole, you might make more of a mess with the juice.

The mandarinquat's elongated and round tear-drop shape narrows near the neck, almost resembling a nose at the end. Its bright orange flesh is tender and juicy, and you'll probably find three to nine small seeds inside. Thin membranes divide the fruit into six to seven segments. Its citrus taste is mostly sweet and a little sour, almost like a sour tangerine.

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