PIERS January Food of the Month: U.S. Tangerine Imports

Originally indigenous to Southeast-Asia, tangerines have become one of the most popular winter fruits!

The word “tangerine” is derived from Tangier, a major city in Morocco. Located in the Northern part of the country, Tangier was well suited to trade with European countries; large assortments of items (commodities) were exported through Tangier. In 1710, the word “tangerine” entered the English language to describe things from that city and the word was adopted for the fruit specifically in the 1800s.

US-Tangerine-Imports-2012

According to PIERS data, Peru and China dominate the U.S. tangerine market with 14,789,313 and 10,967,356 MTONS respectively, which represents a combined share of U.S. tangerine imports of 49.2%. The 3rd largest importer by volume is Chile, which imported 3,821,957 MTONs, while South Africa and Morocco round out the top 5 with 2,824,925 and 2,492,581 MTONS respectively.

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