Murcott (Honey Tangerine)

Murcott is a dense, heavy, late season mandarin with intense sweetness and flavour – very satisfying. The flesh is richly orange. The peel is smooth and thin with a reddish orange colour which is a little more difficult to remove when compared with many easy-peelers, though is no real problem once a break through the skin is achieved.

Murcott can be heavily seeded but stock sold in supermarkets is usually almost seed-free.

Good Fruit Guide Rating: ****

Murcott is a lovely, sweet and satisfying mandarin.

Sweet, dense, deep flavour.

Names: Murcott; Honey Tangerine.

Origin: Murcott is most likely a tangor resulting from a mandarin crossed with a sweet orange. The origin is a bit hazy, but it is thought to have originated in a USDA planting around 1916.

Grown in: Murcott is the most widely grown late mandarin in Florida. It is also common in Brazil, and there are reasonable plantings in Spain and Morocco.

Harvest & Availability: Harvested in Florida in January to March; in Spain and Morocco in March to April. Availability in the UK is generally as follows:

  • January:
  • February:
  • March:                     Spain, Morocco
  • April:                        Spain, Morocco
  • May:                         Spain, Morocco
  • June:
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  • August:
  • September:              Chile
  • October:                   Chile
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