Just when you thought the confusion over the difference between clementines, tangerines and cuties had reached its peak, along comes citrines. These juicy citrus fruits look a lot like oranges, but differ in flavor. This hybrid citrus sold by Duda Farms Fresh Foods was developed to produce a nearly-seedless citrus fruit with enhanced sweetness, larger size and easier peeling.


Appearance and Flavor

Citrines look like a small orange or a large tangerine. The bright orange rind is easy to peel, similar to a tangerine and is nearly seedless. When placed side-by-side with oranges and tangerines, it falls somewhere in between their two sizes. Citrines look like slightly flattened spheres, similar to the shape of traditional clementines, mandarins and tangerines. Citrines have enhanced flavor and taste that is sweeter than tangerines, clementines or oranges.

History and Breeding

Duda Farm Fresh Foods’ growing partner, Fruit World, worked for 15 years using natural breeding technology to crossbreed clementine varieties to produce the unique flavor and size of citrines. These citrus fruits — introduced to the market in 2007 — are all-natural and are not genetically modified.

Domestically Grown

Citrines are grown domestically in the State of California. As of 2014, they are produced and shipped from farms in the Reedley, California, area. While they may be grown in other locations in the future, at the current time, citrines are a purely California product.

Availability and Cost

According to Duda Farms, citrines will be available in selected stores across the United States as soon as the farm reaches full production. Unlike clementines, which are only available for a short period in the winter, citrines will be available for 6 months out of the year — typically from the middle of November to the end of April. Citrines currently sell for a premium price and cost more than either oranges or clementines.

Packaging

Like other citrus fruit, you can find citrines sold in plastic mesh bags in the produce section of selected markets across the United States. They can also be found in small mesh bags called the “Grab-and-Go “ pack marketed toward gaining the attention of children to entice them to eat a healthy snack. These packs contain four citrines in a zippered bag with a gusseted bottom that allows it to sit without toppling.