Kishu Mandarin

January 8th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you are interested in the latest toe nibbling pedicure treatment and wanted to try it yourself, then this is the fruit for you!
Kishu Mandarin
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Extremely small, squatty, orange tangerine; a little bigger than a walnut; orange. mostly seedless flesh (I have found a single seed here and there).

AROMA Rating: ★★★★½

Strong, citrusy and acidic.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★½

It has a zipper skin, which basically means it is the easiest thing to peel EVER (easier than a banana – seriously). Soft and explodingly juicy! The minimal pith is slightly stringy, which is fine for eating but can be a little bit of a pain if you are finicky.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★½

Sweet and more sweet; pure tangerine flavor.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Peels like a dream and you can eat the whole thing in one un-lady-like bite. Huzzah! Also, have you ever thought that a baby was so cute that you could just nibble on them? Well, if you peel this Kishu and take apart the little pieces, they look like baby toes. Now the next time you lean down to nibble that stranger’s baby, you can eat one of these instead and save yourself an explanation to the mother. Once again, no need to thank me for saving you from public embarassment.

FRUIT

Mandarin

VARIETY

Kishu
(specific variety unknown)

PEAK

Winter

ORIGIN

China

GROWN

Rancho Del Sol
Jamul, CA

PROVIDED BY

Specialty Produce
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NOTES

Apparently there are four types of Kishu’s. (Don’t you just love saying the word “Kishu”. Say it with me, “KISHU.” Your day is getting better every time you say it. I know.) Three have seeds and one doesn’t. Seedless is obviously ideal, but seriously this is a case where spitting out the seeds is sooo worth the effort.

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  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Kishu! But I hardly know you! :-)

  • PAUL J. HINTERSTEINER Dec 11, 2014 at 5:34 am

    I am request permission to use some of your articles in my book the history of food to help this and the next generation to live healthier lives.

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