Spotlight on Mandarins
Mandarins are available in Australia from April to October. As we are in July, we are right in the middle of Mandarin season, to encourage you to enjoy this delicious fruit while it’s in season we wanted to shine a spotlight on Mandarins.
Why love ‘em
Mainly grown right here in Queensland, they’re easy to peel; they have a nice citrus scent; break into segments; have few seeds; and, have a juicy sweet taste. They’re a great choice for a snack to share; for the kids; or, to lighten up a salad. They also make a great ingredient as part of main dishes, or as a dessert, for example, as a sweet and tangy flavour for a homemade ice cream.
A look into the past
Mandarins originated in China and were named after the Chinese officials of the Imperial courts who wore robes coloured deep orange. They were known as “Mandarins” and also used the fruit for various medicinal purposes.
- One mandarin provides adults with 190% of their daily intake of Vitamin C, helping you to build up your immune system and fight infections.
- Great for weight control because while they are nutrient dense, they are also easily absorbed and non-fattening.
- A good source of folate for mum’s to be which may help prevent spina bifida.
- Aids in protection against cancer because of its phytochemicals, anti-oxidants and Vitamin A content.
- Mandarins produce synephrine which curbs the production of cholesterol in the body. The antioxidants present in Mandarin help to lower bad cholesterol and promote good cholesterol.
Tips for Selection and Storing
The main varieties here are Ellendale (larger mandarins with a dark orange skin) and Imperial (a smaller mandarin with bright glossy skin). When selecting your mandarins, avoid those with bruises, cuts or soft spots. Choose brighter, glossy mandarins that are firm and feel heavy (this means they’re full of juice). They can be stored in or out of the fridge. They can be kept in a cool, dark place for up to five days or in the fridge in the crispier section for up to 2 weeks.