Wonderful Halos Mandarins
Our 100% California-grown mandarins are made up of two varieties: Clementines (available November–January) and W. Murcotts (available February–May). They’re both sweet, seedless, and easy to peel, which is why all Halos are bursting with Pure Goodness®.
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Key Attributes of Mandarins
- Small, seedless & easy to peel
- Bright orange color with loose skin
- Sweet & juicy
- Available November through May
The History of Mandarins
The smallest of the mandarins, a Clementine is a hybrid fruit – a cross between a sweet orange and a Chinese mandarin. The origins of the Clementine are unclear. Some believe that it was Father Clement, an Algerian monk, who discovered this unique, natural hybrid in the mandarin garden at his orphanage and named it clementino. However, others claim that the Clementine originated in China much earlier and then migrated to the Mediterranean.
The Clementine was introduced to the United States in 1909. In 1914, it was brought from Florida to California to be grown at the Citrus Research Center in Riverside, California.
W. Murcotts were first imported to California from Morocco in 1985. Their origin is also unclear. Murcotts were made commercially available to California nurseries in 1993.
Did You Know?
Mandarins are also called “zipper oranges” and “kid-glove oranges” because they are so easy to peel.
How to Care For and Store
Mandarins should be stored in a cool, well-ventilated area. Typically, storing them between 45°–48° F is best. They can stay at room temperature for up to one week. If refrigerated, they can last for up to two weeks.
Selecting your Mandarin
- Select a mandarin that is firm and heavy for its size
- Make sure that it doesn’t have soft spots or wrinkled skin
- Check its scent – it should smell good, not rotten or fermented
1 mandarin = ¼ cup of juice
6–8 mandarins = 1 cup mandarin segments
1 medium mandarin = 2 teaspoons of zest
Never store freshly squeezed juice for more than 48 hours.
How to Enjoy
Peel and eat for a quick, easy and nutritious snack on the go!
Incorporate the juice into your favorite cocktail or add as a garnish.
Add to fruit salads and desserts.
Toss slices with any salad to add color and sweetness.
Mix juice into sauces for a sweet and tangy twist.
Chop into vinaigrettes, sauces and relishes.