Mad for Mandarins
Mandarins belong to the citrus family and grew in China a very long time ago. Mandarins were so highly regarded that they were named after the officials of the Imperial Court, the Mandarins - that’s how they got their name. Mandarins are like small oranges which are flattened at the top and bottom. The skin is a deep orange color, soft, glossy, often smooth and it peels away easily from the flesh. Inside, mandarins are divided into distinct, crescent-shaped segments which break away from each other. Each segment is enclosed in a fine membrane which holds the soft, juicy, flesh together. Mandarins are available from March to November with their best value being from May to August.