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What is a small orange fruit called?

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A small orange fruit is either a clementine or a tangerine, depending on its appearance and flavor. Clementines are smaller and glossier in appearance while tangerines are brighter in color with rougher skin and a sweeter flavor.

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Clementines are a hybrid between mandarin oranges and sweet oranges while tangerines are a close relative to mandarin oranges without being a hybrid. At first glance, they are very similar in appearance as both are small and orange; however, they are easily distinguishable at a second glance by their differences in skin texture and flavor. Both are a great source of vitamin C and beta-carotene.

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