The mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), also known as the mandarin or mandarine, is a small citrus tree with fruit resembling other oranges, usually eaten plain or in fruit salads.The tangerine is a group of orange-coloured citrus fruit consisting of hybrids of mandarin orange.
Mandarin oranges, sometimes simply called mandarins, are some of the sweetest fruits of the orange family. They're slightly smaller relatives of the standard orange. Native to Asia, China is the world's biggest producer. In the United States, mandarins are mostly grown in California, where citrus trees thrive in the warm sunshine. While mandarins are commonly eaten as snacks because they're easy to peel (some are virtually seedless), they're a popular citrus ingredient for desserts, seafood appetizers, and savory recipes, as well as adult beverages.