Mandarins include a diverse group of citrus fruits that are characterized by bright peel and pulp color, excellent flavor. The carpels, or sections, of mandarins separate more easily than those of oranges. They can often be interchangeably called either madarins or tangerines.
Interestingly, all tangerines are mandarins but not all mandarins are tangerines! They may also be referred to as Clementines, Tangors or Tangelos.
Mandarins are a real convenience food, great for school lunches, snacks and picnics.
They are easier to peel than oranges and their segments separate easily. Just spit the pips out or remove before using segments in fruit salads, muffins, cheesecakes, ice cream, savoury salads or with meat.
Like all citrus fruits, mandarins are high in vitamin C making them a great immune boosting fruit as well as a fruit high in antioxidants. They are also a great thirst quencher and cleanser.
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