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The bright orange pericarp is thin and vulnerable and it offers very sweet and juicy flavour that melts in your mouth. Each Setoka orange weights about ten ounces and it is 3 inches in length, so the size is large for a tangor. The flesh is smooth and beautiful; the white pouch of flesh is thin and edible. Furthermore, there is no seed inside of the Setoka orange.
Setoka oranges are available in the winter to early spring months.
The Setoka oranges is a tangor that is a hybrid of tangerines and oranges; it is a member of the Rutaceae.
The Setoka orange is high in vitamin C and synephrine that can prevent catching a cold. It contains citric acid which can help clean the blood in the human body as well as help recover from fatigue. The pouch of flesh contains pectin which can help people who suffer from constipation and diarrhea.
Setoka oranges are easy-to-peel and they may be segmented and used in salads, baked goods, jelly or jam. Because flesh is aesthetically beautiful, it can be used for decorating cakes.
In Japan, the Setoka orange is a rare and an expensive tangor.
The Setoka orange is a complex hybrid of the Encore (a hybrid of the King Mandarin and the Mediterranean Mandarin), the Kiyomi (a hybrid of the Unshiu Mandarin and the Sweet Orange ) and the Marcot (a hybrid of an American Mandarin and an American Orange) that was registered as the breed in October, 2001 in Nagasaki prefecture. It is the ultimate tangor since it has taken good qualities from parent citruses. Setoka oranges are harvested in Ehime prefecture, Saga prefecture and Hiroshima prefecture. According to National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Japan, the name, Setoka came from the beautiful aroma of Setoka oranges and the name of the location, Seto where they are harvested to hope for the prosperity of Seto region.