Mandarin orange is a small citrus fruit resembling other oranges, usually eaten plain or in fruit salads.
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Mandarins are smaller and oblate, unlike the Spherical common oranges (which are a mandarin-pomelo hybrid).The taste is considered less sour, as well as sweeter and stronger. A ripe mandarin is firm to slightly soft, heavy for its size, and pebbly-skinned. The peel is thin, with little white mesocarp, so they are usually easier to peel and to split into segments. Hybrids generally have these traits to a lesser degree. The mandarin is tender and is damaged easily by cold. It can be grown in tropical and subtropical areas.