January 22nd, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you are the kind of person always trying to get your latte foam to look like a heart or a monkey or whatever, then this is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Squatty orange fruit with loose, slightly bumpy skin, bright orange flesh and no seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Sweet and fresh tangerine scent with the slightest acidity.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Nice amount of juice to refresh the mouth but probably won’t drip anywhere. No seeds! No seeds! No seeds!

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Lovely sweet flavor, though not overly complex. Light acidity, which is great or this would be fairly boring.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Perfect snack fruit! Easy peazy zipper peel. I have eaten so many types of citrus lately that I am getting to be a bit of a pro at peeling them. Look at that photo over there. I swear it practically just ended up that way without me even trying. It’s like I’m some sort of fruit peeling artist or something. Spooky. Anyway, this satsuma is also pleasantly seed-free with a fresh, light flavor. For all of you on a diet, this is basically healthy candy. I don’t tend to look for healthy candy myself, but who knows – maybe you do. You fruit lovers can be wacky.








Rancho Del Sol
Jamul, CA


Specialty Produce


So I have been asked a few times now about the difference between a mandarin, a tangerine, an orange, etc. I cannot tell you the hours of grief this question has given me. Fruit naming is a mess! (Recall the rangpur lime and calamansi lime that aren’t actually part of the lime family – nice.) Here’s what I can tell you with very little certainty: All tangerines, clementines and satsumas are mandarins. All mandarins are oranges. All oranges are citrus. And all citrus are berries. Yeah – I dunno. I have a headache now. Shush. Hand me the satsumacello.


Kishu Mandarin

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