“Mandarin oranges” is a term that applies to an entire group of citrus fruits. This group includes such varieties as Satsuma, Clemetine, Dancy, Honey, Pixie, and tangerines in general. Most are sweeter than their other citrus cousins (yet there are some tart varieties), have a bright orange skin that is easy to peel, and inner segments that are easily separated. There are seeded and seedless varieties. The terms “mandarin orange” and “tangerine” are often used interchangeably, particularly outside the United States. This can be confusing, because although a tangerine is a mandarin orange, not all mandarin oranges are tangerines. Tangerines are the most common variety of fresh mandarin orange found in the United States.
How to Select Mandarin Oranges
Select fruits that are unblemished and heavy for their size. Avoid those with cuts, soft spots, or mold.
How to Store Mandarin Oranges
They may be stored in a cool, dark spot for a few days, but ideally should be refrigerated to extend shelf life up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Benefits of Mandarin Oranges
Fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A