Sunday, April 23, 2006

Ortanique Mandarins

Ortanique Manadarins are a late season varietal native to Jamaica. They are available now at Berkeley Bowl, and through The name of the varietal is a dubious confabulation of orange, tangerine, and unique.

Ortaniques have a relatively thin skin, and peeling them was not particularly easy. The flesh is a pale orange color, while the taste reminds me of honey tangerines. Hale Indian River Groves describes the taste as akin to mango.

According to Macks Grove the varietal was introduced to the states by a Mancunian:
The Ortanique was reportedly discovered in the Christiana Market, Jamaica, by a Machester man named Swaby who bought six fruits. Of the seedlings he planted when back in the States, only two bore fruit, which he exhibited at an agricultural show in the early 1900's.

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