Marvelous mandarins

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Mandarins at Monterey Market, Berkeley, California

I KNOW, I’VE SAID IT BEFORE, but it’s worth saying again: The mandarin is a wonderful winter treat, the season’s ultimate snack fruit.

If you can find mandarins in the store with leaves intact — and the leaves look nice and fresh — that’s the best indication that the fruit is fresh, picked only shortly before being shipped to market.

Mandarins, tangerines, clementines — what’s it all about? What are Pages and Sumos, Murcotts and Tangos? And what about Cuties and Halos (commercial brand names for mandarins) — and why are they better later in the season, from January to April?

Find out the answers to all of these questions and more in the excellent recent New York Times’ article, Mandarin Oranges: Rising Stars of the Fruit Bowl, by fruit expert David Karp.

For my other post about mandarins, including a mandarin cocktail, click here.

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Mandarins and oranges — both in their winter prime.

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Marvelous mandarins

  1. Claudia Turgut

    Hi Toby! Thanks for a lovely post but if I may say so, if you want us to share your posts, you have to make it easy for us to do that – why don’t you include icons so that we your followers, can share to twitter, facebook etc? Best.

    On 13 February 2016 at 06:32, tobys kitchen notes wrote:

    > lemonodyssey posted: ” I KNOW, I’VE SAID IT BEFORE, but it’s worth saying > again: The mandarin is a wonderful winter treat, the season’s ultimate > snack fruit. If you can find mandarins in the store with leaves intact — > and the leaves look nice and fresh — that’s the best in” >

    • lemonodyssey

      Thanks for your comment, Claudia — I see the Facebook, Twitter, etc. just below the blog post on this page, so I’m not sure what you mean. I do appreciate your feedback!

  2. Martha Dyck

    Toby
    Enjoyed learning about the varieties very much–now i will know better when I see them in the store. Thank you!
    Martha (from Mushroom ID class several years ago)

  3. lemonodyssey

    Thanks, Martha– of course I remember you! Still mushroom hunting ?

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