All About Mandarins

All About Mandarins
Posted March 9, 2015

Mandarin oranges are part of a group of citrus fruits. They include Satsuma, Clementine, Dancy, Honey, Pixie, and tangerines in general. They are smaller than oranges, come seedless or with seeds, and have easy-to-peel rinds, inner segments that separate easily and are a little sweeter than oranges. Mandarin oranges are tangerines but not all mandarins are tangerines. Tangerines are the most common variety of fresh mandarin orange found in the U.S.

During Chinese New Year, mandarin oranges and tangerines are considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune. During the two-week celebration, they are frequently displayed as decoration and presented as gifts to friends, relatives, and business associates.

Mandarin refers to the bright orange robes worn by the mandarins, public officials of the ancient Chinese court. These delectable fruits were often reserved strictly for the privileged class in the Far East, another distinguishing reason why they are called mandarins or mandarin oranges today. Although cultivated for over 3,000 years in China, mandarin oranges did not reach Europe and North America until the nineteenth century. The first mandarin oranges to be exported were shipped from the city of Tangiers in Morocco, hence the moniker tangerine.* Mandarin oranges provide up to 80% of your needed daily intake of vitamin C. And the antioxidants they contain can help lower bad cholesterol. They have 3 grams of fiber, calcium, and phosphorous, too. Pick up a bag of mandarins and enjoy them in salads, sides, main dishes, salad dressings, and just as a healthy sweet snack. *

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