Scientific name-(Citrus reticulata) Family-Rutaceae, Genus-Citrus
Mandarin oranges have a thin skin which is loose, so they are easy to peel. They have been dubbed "Kid-glove" oranges because of their size. Japan, Southern China and India grow the most mandarin oranges. The Center of Origin is Southeastern Asia and the Philippians, where they descended from wild oranges over 3000 years ago. The name Mandarin comes from the language and bright orange robes of the ancient Chinese public officials. Only the privileged people of the Far East were allowed to eat them. The mandarin orange arrived in Europe and North America in the nineteenth century.