This mandarin fruit is small compared to the more common Clementines and Satsumas with which we are familiar, hence giving it a novelty value, but it is also very tasty with intense sweetness and an attractive flavour that is enhanced by a good acid balance. The ‘tiny tangerine’ is a 2-4cm diameter fruit. The shape is quite flattened and there is a slight depression of both stylar and stem-ends. The peel is an attractive deep orange colour and is thin, slightly rough, but easy to remove. The segments are juicy, seedless and easy to eat, making a delicious snack.
There are several selections of Nanfeng tangerine, such as Xiaoguo Nanfeng, Zaoshu Nanfeng and Daguo Nanfeng.
Origin: This is an ancient Chinese variety, said to originate in the Tang Dynasty, AD 618-907.
Grown in: Fuzhou and Nanfeng counties, Jiangxi Province, China. The same variety is grown in Japan and known as Kinshu mikan.
Harvest & Availability:
Late November to January: from China
Citrus reticulata Blanco var. Kinokuni?Tanaka?
Nan feng mi ju, Jin qian mi ju, Mi ju (Nanfeng County of Jiangxie province).