A small and sweet fruit, it originally came from Southern China, which explains its name, like the language spoken in that area. Today mandarins are found around the world. They are a winter fruit but prefer warm-weather regions like California.
January is when mandarins are at their best. With a deep orange color and juicy pulp, their natural sweetness makes them a perfect snack and ideal for preserves.
Interesting to know is that mandarins are a great food to combat sadness and depression, and have a cleansing effect on the blood. So, eat on people! But don’t overdo it because every good thing comes with a price – it’s a high-calorie fruit due to the sugar content.