Tangerines are actually a variety of mandarin orange. Unlike common oranges, tangerines are smaller, sweeter, less sour, and easier to peel. They have a reputation for being cheap and juicy.
Despite their thick skin, tangerines are soft and fragile. The freshest are neither too squishy nor too light. Never buy a tangerine with discolored skin. Bagged and put in a crisper, they should last up to 2 weeks.
Gently peel and section tangerines for canning or use in cooking. Or eat them raw for a snack. Juicy tangerines can be peeled and eaten easily with your bare fingers.