Mandarins

Mandarins

Mandarins are small citrus trees that can tolerate drought and are more weather resistant than the fruit, which is easily damaged by the cold. The fruit looks similar to an orange but is smaller and rich in vitamin C. Mandarins are sometimes marketed as tangerines, but this is a variety name (referring to the city of Tangiers, Morocco), not a botanical distinction.

In the processing industry, oil is extracted from mandarin peel for use in candy, ice cream, and baked goods. Canned mandarin orange segments are produced by using heat and lye to remove the membranes before canning.

While most often enjoyed whole or as a sweet addition to salads, mandarins can be juiced or used in preserves, and zest can give an unexpected twist to savory meals. Mandarins stored in the refrigerator will stay good for about seven days.

In Season

January, February, March, April, May, November, December

Recipes with Mandarins

French Toast with Lemon-Ricotta Filling and Fresh Citrus Compote

Thy Tran, Executive Chef, CUESA.

Seared Mahi-Mahi with Citrus Compote

Peter Rudolph, Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Baby Beet, Fennel & Orange Salad

Jesse Branstetter, San Francisco Chef.

Lady Madonna

David Nepove, Director of Mixology, USBG National VP, Southern Wine & Spirits.

Articles about Mandarins

August 15, 2014

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

As California faces a historic drought, sustainability-minded farmers are using an arsenal of methods to conserve water.

August 08, 2014

Breeding a Better Chicken at Eatwell Farm

Eatwell Farm embarks on breeding their own heritage flock.

August 04, 2014

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week is August 3-9! Celebrate by pledging your support for local farms and communities.

August 01, 2014

Rabbits, Pigs, and Herbs in Marin County

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Devil’s Gulch Ranch and Allstar Organics in Nicasio.

July 31, 2014

Volunteers of the Month: Summer Interns

CUESA says farewell and thanks to our summer interns, Sarah, Henry, and Janelle.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »