The Ortanique is a late-season tangor mandarin which tends to appear on our shelves when the main Clementine varieties are all but finished. It is a fabulous looking, conical-shaped fruit, with a thin but leathery rind with adheres rather tightly and takes some peeling. The peel is a lovely bright yellow-orange colour and is usually very clean and smooth. The flesh is very juicy with a distinctive and rich flavour due to its long hanging on the tree. The Ortanique is usually very sweet with a strong balance of acidity
Origin: A Tangor is a cross or hybrid of a tangerine and an orange. The Ortanique is a natural hybrid discovered in Jamaica and first produced in 1920. The name is a portmanteau word of Or(-ange), tan(-gerine), (un-)ique.
Grown in: Ortaniques for the UK market tend to come from Spain, Cyprus (where it is called Mandor), Israel (Topaz) and Uruguay (Urunique), but it is grown in many other citrus countries such as South Africa (Tambor) and, of course, Jamaica.
Harvest & Availability: Ortaniques are late-season fruit and tend to ‘bridge the gap’ between northern and southern hemisphere Clementine season:
March to April: from Spain, Cyprus and Israel
Late August to September: from South Africa and Uruguay