Mandarinquat

January 17th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you avoid citrus because you hate peeling them and getting that yellow stain under your fingernails that makes you look like you have a fungus, then this is the fruit for you!
Mandarinquat
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Lovely, oval shaped fruit with a nobby, tipped end. Bright, juicy, orange flesh with lots and lots of seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

The skin smells like spicy vanilla; the inside like a perfumy orange.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★½☆

You can eat the skin and all–so the skin is firm and a little crunchy maybe, inside is soft and juicy like most citrus.

TASTE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Skin has a grownup citrus sweetness, flesh and juice is sour tangerine.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I tend to be a fan of the kumquat so I was looking forward to trying the mandarinquat with great anticipation. Unfortunately it was a little bit of a let down. The main novelty is that you can eat the sweet peel. In kumquat size, where you can pop the whole thing in your mouth, this is great. But at a bit larger size, it just doesn’t have the same charm. I guess I just don’t have any great desire to bite into the firm, slightly crunchy peel of a citrus and then get a mouth full of sour juice. I’m not saying this fruit is bad, it’s not. You should definitely seek it out and make cocktails and jam and whatnot. I guess my expectations were just a bit too high.

FRUIT

Mandarinquat

VARIETY

Unknown

PEAK

Winter

ORIGIN

Unknown

GROWN

Grown

GROWN

Rancho Del Sol
Jamul, CA

PROVIDED BY

Specialty Produce
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NOTES

As you might have guessed, the mandarinquat is a cross between the mandarin and the kumquat. It’s the Brangelina of the fruit world. Scandalous.

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