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Mandarins

Mandarins
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Availability

New Zealand mandarins are available from May to September.  At other times of the year mandarins are imported. Satsuma mandarins are harvested from May to August and Kiyomi and Richards Special varieties are available until the end of September.

 

Storage and Handling

Store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Mandarins originated in China.  Visitors to China took the mandarin trees to Japan, the Phillipines, India, Arabia and North Africa.  They were introduced to Europe through Tangiers in Morroco which explains why the Europeans began to call mandarins “tangerines”.

 

Facts

  • Mandarins got their name as they were so highly regarded in their native China that they were named after the officials of the Imperial Court
  • Mandarins are crossed with grapefruit to produce tangelos

 

Growing Facts

  • Mandarins are picked by hand when ripe to avoid damage or bruising
  • In New Zealand mandarins are grown mainly in Northland and Gisborne

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 medium mandarin - 86g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 188/45 219/52
Protein (g) 1.0 1.2
Fat, total (g) 0.3 0.4
- saturated (g) 0 0
Carbohydrate (g) 8.5 9.9
- sugars (g) 8.5 9.9
Dietary Fibre (g) 1.7 2.0
Sodium (mg) 3 3
Vitamin C (mg) 36.1 42
Folate (µg) 31 36
Potassium (mg) 215 250

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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