Lovely, oval shaped fruit with a nobby, tipped end. Bright, juicy, orange flesh with lots and lots of seeds.
The skin smells like spicy vanilla; the inside like a perfumy orange.
You can eat the skin and all–so the skin is firm and a little crunchy maybe, inside is soft and juicy like most citrus.
Skin has a grownup citrus sweetness, flesh and juice is sour tangerine.
OVERALL Overall Rating:
I tend to be a fan of the kumquat so I was looking forward to trying the mandarinquat with great anticipation. Unfortunately it was a little bit of a let down. The main novelty is that you can eat the sweet peel. In kumquat size, where you can pop the whole thing in your mouth, this is great. But at a bit larger size, it just doesn’t have the same charm. I guess I just don’t have any great desire to bite into the firm, slightly crunchy peel of a citrus and then get a mouth full of sour juice. I’m not saying this fruit is bad, it’s not. You should definitely seek it out and make cocktails and jam and whatnot. I guess my expectations were just a bit too high.
Rancho Del Sol
As you might have guessed, the mandarinquat is a cross between the mandarin and the kumquat. It’s the Brangelina of the fruit world. Scandalous.