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:
- March: Spain, Morocco
- April: Spain, Morocco
- May: Spain, Morocco
- September: Chile
- October: Chile