At first glance, it is hard to tell the differences between a tangerine and a mandarin. Not only do they look alike, but the taste is similar and both grow on trees that also look alike. They both are part of the orange family; however, tangerines are a specific type of mandarin with many hybrids like Satsumas and Clementines. In fact, a tangerine is a type of mandarin. There are several varieties at the farmers' market that are hard to find elsewhere.
Mandarins are easy to peel with or without seeds and fit perfectly into lunchboxes, making them the perfect on-the-go snack!