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Mandarins belong to the orange family. They are smaller than oranges and have thin skin making them easier to peel and their segments are easy to separate so they are an ideal item for children’s lunch boxes. Mandarins originated in China and were named after the officials of the court hence the name Mandarin. There a variety of Mandarins grown in Australia.
Mandarins are rich in vitamins and minerals as well antioxidant properties they also have a high concentration of vitamin C, and dietary fibers.
Prime growing areas for mandarins are tropical and sub tropical as well as other areas in Australia.
When buying Mandarins, remember they are at their best and juiciest from April to October.