Mandarin, Imperial U.S.A
They’re native to Southeast Asia and China, but mandarins are grown in the Queensland region too (and southern areas of Australia)!
These Imperials, as well as the Ellendale variety, are the most common here simply because it has smooth, golden-orange skin, and is easy to peel with few seeds. They have a sweet flavour, no wonder kids love 'em!
- Freshest in May to August, but around in spring, autumn and winter.
- Good for car fuel, school snacks, fruit platters, salads.
- Store in fridge crisper, or very cool pantry, up to a week.
Did you know? The Ellendale is a cross between a mandarin and an orange. It is larger than the Imperial and has orange skin with orange flesh. It is also easy to peel. Other mandy varieties are the sweet, seedy Murcott (or Honey Murcott, Honey tangerine). The Daisy, Hickson, Afourer and Mystique are some other mandarin varieties that are grown in Australia.