Source: University of California, Riverside

The first commercial crop of a new mandarin variety created by scientists at the University of California, Riverside will be harvested beginning later this month.

The fruit, called Tango, is the result of an induced mutation of W. Murcott mandarin. Originally from Morocco, W. Murcott mandarins have a deep orange color, easy-peel rind and tangy-sweet flavor — traits shared by the Tango. However, when W. Murcott mandarins are planted within five miles of other seed-bearing citrus — such as Clementine mandarins, lemons or grapefruit — they can be cross-pollinated by bees and become seedy. In contrast, the Tango is virtually seedless wherever it is grown.

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