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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16 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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    • Jana
      Jana says:

      I have never seen or even heard of a blood tangerine until tonight when I was trying to figure out if I should eat this tangerine or throw out the whole sack because they were bad. I’m 60 years old. I’m from Texas as far as I can remember I have never tried one. Now that’s funny! Thanks y’all for letting me know about this fruit and its okay to eat it. The old saying, “You learn something new everyday” applies here.

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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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