The tangerine is a group of orange-colored citrus fruit consisting of hybrids of mandarin orange. Tangerines are smaller and less rounded than common oranges. The taste is considered less sour, as well as sweeter and stronger, than that of an orange. A ripe tangerine is firm to slightly soft, and pebbly-skinned with no deep grooves, as well as orange in color. The peel is thin, with little bitter white mesocarp. All of these traits are shared by mandarins generally. ~
Genetic study has shown tangerines to be mandarin orange hybrids containing some pomelo DNA.