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Mandarin

Mandarins are citrus fruit that resemble small, slightly flattened oranges and are members of the same family as tangerines and satsumas. Mandarins have loose, easy–to–peel skins and sweet flesh. There are many varieties and these include Ellendale and Murcott. Mandarins were originally called mandarin oranges and the tree is native to China. Choose fruit that are heavy for their size as these will be the juiciest. Use as you would oranges—eat fresh, add to fruit salads, sauces, use the small segments to decorate cakes, or squeeze as a good alternative to orange juice. In Chinese cooking, the peel is dried and used both for its fragrance and flavour. Mandarins will keep in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks.