The Marvelous Mandarin

It’s no wonder imperial mandarins are popular – their smooth and glossy skin is easy to peel, they have few seeds (if any at all) and a lovely sweet flavour.

Originated in Australia, they are mainly grown in three regions – the Murray Valley, the NSW Riverina and the Riverland of South Australia.

The variety was first recognised in Sydney in 1890.

There are 46 calories in a 100g serving of mandarins – and it’s all carbs.

An interesting fact about mandarins is that most citrus fruits can be left on the tree without becoming overripe and do not continue to ripen after being harvested but mandarins have to be picked as soon as they turn orange. If not, their flavour deteriorates – and we wouldn’t want that!.