Does a Mandarin by any other name taste as sweet? Yes, even if you call it a tangerine. Because Mandarin and tangerine are two names for the same wonderfully sweet citrus fruit. Some call them Mandarins because they’re thought to have originally come from China. Some call them tangerines because they believed they came from Tangiers. Well, they are native to Asia, and they made their way to us from North Africa, so no matter what you call them you’re right. And you’re right to plant them, because their fruit is the perfect treat – easy to peel and oh, so sweet.