Sanctions on the import of imported products and political scandals fragrant tangerine flow is not strongly affected. The recent misunderstanding between Russia and Turkey has already been settled, and the orange fruit from there flowed to us with the same scope. Even the frightening rumors about Chinese mandarins, which are supposedly saturated with hazardous chemicals, are hopelessly outdated.
According to the old-timers of the Moscow markets and outsider information from the fruit and vegetable stalls, the turmoil around Chinese mandarins has risen after tasting one tasteless party brought to our country last year. The ill-starred citrus fruits from the PRC turned out to be too sour and full of bones, which tarnished their reputation and angered the consumer. But hardworking Chinese quickly corrected.
Now their harvest successfully competes in quality and taste with competitors’ products and even has loyal fans. Of course, unscrupulous suppliers remained, but the Rosselkhoznadzor does not sleep.
The sellers strictly check the certificates, laboratory samples are taken from each batch. So let the authorized bodies be responsible for our food safety with you, our business is to learn to distinguish between varieties so as not to be misled and not be tricked at the counter.
After all, there are so many inexperienced buyers in the world who are eating Turkish tangerines instead of Abkhaz turtles for both cheeks!
Now mandarins are sent to the domestic market mainly from Turkey, South Africa, China, Spain, Morocco and Serbia, but Russians still have a special weakness for Abkhazian varieties. Our guide will teach you how to navigate in tangerines no worse than wholesale buyers with experience:
- Abkhazians come in two varieties. The fruits themselves are almost the same size, either large or medium. Distinctive signs of the first grade: rough, porous, thick peel of neutral orange color, in places greenish; round shape resembling an orange; the membrane around the lobules is very rigid; taste sweet and sour. The second has a thinner and smoother skin of a slightly more saturated orange color; to the touch they are softer, the taste is a little sweeter; in shape flattened. Season: from the first days of November to the end of winter.
- Serbian with a thin smooth skin of a yellowish tint, sometimes with green patches; taste sweet and sour. Season: like the Abkhaz, from November to February.
- Chinese almost yellow in color, often with green barrels; taste sweet and sour. Distinctive feature: different-sized – even in one batch the fruits always come in different sizes, and this is easy to track.
- From South Africa have a smooth shiny skin of a bright, rich orange color; it tastes sweet. Usually come to stores in large cardboard boxes. If you are lucky, you can see that several fruits are wrapped in black paper like tracing paper. Season: all year round.
- Turkish with fine orange peel. A distinctive feature – a lot of bones, in one lobule there may be as many as 5-6 pieces. Season: winter.
- Spanish moderate orange color with a thin peel, often sold on sprigs with green leaves. Often labeled. Season: almost year round.
- Moroccan bright orange color with dense skin of average thickness. Often marketed with labels. Season: from mid-autumn to December-January.