Tahoe Gold Tangerines
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Tahoe Gold tangerines are medium-large tangerines with a subtle neck at the stem end. They have bright orange rinds that are thin, slightly pebbled, and easy to peel. When mature, the flesh is delicately textured and almost entirely seedless. Tahoe Gold tangerines are juicy and have a sweet-tart flavor with a hint of bitterness. The flavor will get sweeter as the season progresses.
Tahoe Gold tangerines are available in the winter months.
Tahoe Gold tangerines are a hybrid variety of Citrus reticulata, also known as mandarins. They are a cross between a temple tangor, and dancy and encore mandarins. The new variety was released in 2002 as budwood, and it wasn’t until sometime after 2007 that growers were able to produce fruit. Tahoe Gold tangerines were first known under the designation “TDE3”.
Tahoe Gold tangerines are high in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and dietary fiber. They also contain minerals like calcium and phosphorus. They are rich in antioxidants, from the vitamin C and beta-carotene, combined with phytonutrient flavonoids like hesperetin and naringenin.
Tahoe Gold tangerines can be used in both raw and cooked applications. They are most often eaten fresh. They can be added to fruit or garden salads or included in stir-fries or salsas. Use their juice and zest for both sweet and savory dishes, in marinades, beverages, vinaigrettes or sauces. The juice can be used in glazes and curds. Tahoe Gold tangerines can be used to flavor cakes, scones, and muffins. Store Tahoe Gold tangerines in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
New tangerine and mandarin varieties are developed at the University of California Riverside’s citrus breeding program through a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture. They work to support and protect the citrus industry in California and Florida. Budwood is controlled by the Citrus Clonal Protection Program, and Tahoe Gold tangerine budwood was provided to Florida’s Chiefland Budwood Facility upon its release in 2002. Florida began growing trees in 2007 and limits propagation to growers with license agreements with the state.
Tahoe Gold tangerines were first developed in 1973 at the University of California Riverside Citrus Breeding Program. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that researchers realized the potential commercial appeal of not only the Tahoe Gold tangerines, but also its two sibling citrus varieties. Tahoe Gold tangerines do not hold well on the trees, so they have a more limited availability than other late-season varieties. Tahoe Gold tangerines can be spotted in markets in both California and Florida, the primary citrus growing regions in the United States.