Homegrown Hillsborough
Posted January 11, 2018 | 4:05 PM

Homegrown Hillsborough: Tangerines

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. This feature we discuss a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.

Fun fact: Florida is the second-largest producer of tangerines in the United States, behind California.

When are fresh local tangerines available at local groceries and farm stands?

September to April

What types of tangerines are grown commercially here?

Fallglo, Sunburst, and Honey Murcott

Where are tangerines most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?

South County

How many acres are planted with tangerines?

123 acres

How many pounds of tangerines are harvested in Hillsborough County?

475,000 poinds

Local insight:

The oldest known budded Honey Murcott tree was owned by nurseryman Charles Murcott Smith in Bayview, a now defunct community on the shore of Tampa Bay, in eastern Pinellas County.

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