tangerine in the hand

Blood Tangerines

I got some tangerines that looked like any other tangerines on the outside.
Nice, small, bright and so perfectly orange – here’s a picture of the tangerine in my hand:

tangerine in the hand

When I peeled it, the inside looked kind of shocking – totally not what I expected.  It was purplish-red!

Turned out it was a “blood tangerine” variety. I have seen “blood oranges”, but never seen or expected “blood tangerines” 🙂

Here’s a picture of the blood tangerine sections:

red blood tangerine sections

And here’s the blood tangerine cut in half – shows off it’s red color so nicely!

blood tangerine orange cut in half

So how did the blood tangerine taste?  It was sweet!  The orange-colored tangerines are much more sour.  This red tangerine was so sweet that it almost didn’t taste like a citrus fruit – it was quite unique.

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15 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    I haven’t seen these yet, but you’ve made me curious enough to seek them out. I don’t often comment but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy my visits to your blog. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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  2. Catherine
    Catherine says:

    I do love blood oranges, they are so unique. Thank you for your visit and commenting on my blog. I hope that you will visit again soon. Blessings, Catherine

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  3. Janice
    Janice says:

    I haven’t seen these either but they look amazing. I love blood oranges, we don’t get them here often now, but I used to get them when I was a child.

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  4. UrMomCooks
    UrMomCooks says:

    I have never seen blood tangerines… As citrus season starts to wind down here in Texas I will be on the lookout! Not sure if they are grown here, but I would sure like to try one!

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  5. Colleen Hall-Johnson
    Colleen Hall-Johnson says:

    I just ate my 1st blood tangerine & looked it up, finding your site. So glad I did, cause I had never heard of them before. The tangerine was delicious! And very unusual looking. I bought it in Altadena, California, & the sign in the market said they were from Chili. What a fun surprise!

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  6. olivia
    olivia says:

    I just ate my first one and it was great. Never heard of it before I was about to throw away because I thought it was bad. I found your page after I typed in red tangerines. Thanks for the info.

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  7. misty
    misty says:

    we just had a little surprise! A blood tangerine! I’ve never heard of them & my husband bought a bag of tangerines & one was in there. I had to google it to see if it was safe to eat. I would’ve posted a pic on my blog buy he and my kids ate it up too fast! ha!

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  8. Rain McB
    Rain McB says:

    Thanks for the information, I just opened a blood tangerine and I was not expecting that color, I was scared it was injected with blood, pretty freaked out! That’s why I looked online. I saw the sign for it, thought it said honey tangerine, it was in a local fruit & vegetables store and different price than the regular tangerine. Still freaked me out when I opened it. Looks just like your pictures though. So I’m sure it’s normsl. Thanks for the information!

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