Mandarin Oranges, Rising Stars of the Fruit Bowl
Category : Culinary Arts
California’s mandarin plantings have increased 10-fold since the late 1990s. Mandarins have become a fixture in the American fruit bowl. The country’s consumption of mandarins has doubled, to five pounds a year for every American, while orange sales have declined. At their finest, they are juicy, sweet-tart and intensely aromatic. Sold as Cuties and Halos, these mandarins now dominate the American market; these and a few other brands of reasonably priced, seedless and easy-peeling fruit have become a staple. Read on to learn more about the history and the current trends surrounding this fruit.