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Difference Between Orange and Tangerine--Chinese Tangerine Orange

Orange vs Tangerine
Orange and tangerine are both citrus fruits but they are not the same. Though they are considered to be belonging to the same species, orange and tangerine differ in many aspects like their shape, smell and taste.

Tangerine is smaller than orange. Tangerine is considered to be excellent pocket foods as they come in small shape and easily removed rinds. Tangerine is a variety of Mandarin orange or Citrus reticulata.

Oranges are round citrus fruits much bigger than Tangerine. When talking about the taste, Oranges are sweet and tangerines are less sour or tart than that of oranges.

When comparing both the orange and tangerine trees, one can come across slight difference. The orange tree grows to about 30 feet tall with leaves that are evergreen and arranged alternatively with crenulated margins. The tangerine on the other hand grows to a height of about 20 feet and has glossy leaves and aromatic flowers.

When talking about the outer covering, orange comes with hard skin when compared to tangerine. The peel of tangerine can be easily removed unlike the orange. Down under the peel of tangerine fruit, the segments can also be easily separated. Most of the tangerine varieties have an abundance of seeds.

On acidity, Orange is known to be more acidic having a pH value of 2.4- 3. The acidity of oranges differs according to the size. The tangerine fruit comes less acidic as it is smaller in size.

Tangerines are considered to be having its birth in china and Japan. It has been said that citrus fruits have been cultivated in these two countries for over 3,000 years. It was only in the late 19th century that reached Europe. Oranges have its origin in south East Asia.

Coming to the name, Orange is known to have derived from Dravidian and Tamil word for the orange tree. The final word orange has been derived at after the Dravidian word for orange has been passed through various intermediate languages.

Tangerine is the name that comes from Tangier, Morocco, a port from where the first tangerines were shipped to Europe.

Oranges and tangerines also differ in their Nutritional value. When comparing

The nutritional value per 100 gram, Tangerine contains 13.34 g Carbohydrates, 10.58 g sugar, 0.31 g fat, 0.81 g Protein and so on. And oranges have 11.54 g Carbohydrates, 9.14 g Sugars, 0.21 g Fat and 0.70 Protein.

1.Tangerine is smaller than orange
2.Oranges are sweet and tangerines are less sour or tart than that of oranges.
3.The peel of tangerine can be easily removed unlike the orange.

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