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    How to Plant, Grow, Prune, and Harvest Citrus

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    Citrus—oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and kumquats—thrive outdoors where summers are warm and winters are mild. But citrus is not only for warm climates. Citrus fruits can be grown in cool regions in pots or planters that can sit outdoors in warm weather and be moved indoors in cool weather. Citrus fruits take months to ripen—six […] More

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    Mandarin Orange: Kitchen Basics

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    Mandarin oranges are smaller than oranges and less acidic. They are perfect for eating out of hand or for cooking. There are more than 200 varieties of mandarins. The most popular are the swet Satsuma, the smooth juicy Clementines, and the spicy red-orange Dancy. Mandarin cultivars–crosses with sweet oranges or grapefruits–include tart Temple tangor and […] More

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    Tangerines: Kitchen Basics


    Tangerines are among the earliest harvested mandarin oranges. They are distinguished from other mandarins simply by their red-orange to red peels. They have a rough skin and sweet flesh. All tangerines are mandarins but not all mandarins are tangerines. (Other mandarins are the tangelo and the clementine.) The tangerine is named for the port city […] More

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    Satsuma Mandarin Orange

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    The first or earliest harvested mandarin orange is the Satsuma mandarin. Satsuma is a small bright orange mandarin with a delicate, sweet flavor. It is seedless and contains less acid than most other mandarins. If you have ever bought a can of imported mandarin oranges, you have probably tasted the Satsuma. At the farm market, […] More

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    A History of the Mandarin Orange

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    Mandarins oranges—in all their forms–are probably descended from wild oranges that grew in northeast India as long as 3,000 years ago. From India, mandarins made their way to China and from China to Europe, North Africa and Australia before they traveled on to other parts of the world. The first of these small, loose-skinned oranges […] More