Tangerine, or Mandarin, the name of an edible citrus fruit and of the evergreen tree that bears it. Tangerines are native to India and the Far East. The yellowish- or reddish-orange fruit has a loose skin. Tangerines are shaped like slightly flattened balls about 2 1/2 to 3 inches (6.47.6 cm) in diameter. The edible portion of the fruit consists of several easily separated sections. The tree grows to about 20 feet (6 m) in height. It bears small, white flowers.

TangerinesTangerines are orange-colored citrus fruit shaped like flattened balls.

In the United States, tangerines are grown mainly in Florida, California, and Arizona. Tangerines are grown extensively in the Mediterranean area. The fruit is marketed fresh, frozen, or canned. Tangerines can be crossed with grapefruit to produce the tangelo, another edible citrus fruit.

The tangerine is Citrus reticulata of the rue family, Rutaceae.