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General Produce

Citrus, Mandarins

Sizing
 

Medium, large, jumbo, mammoth, colossal, and super colossal

Receiving Inspecting:

Look for fruit with peel color and texture that is characteristic of the particular variety. Avoid fruit with soft spots, water-soaked spots, or mold.

Storage Handling:
 

Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)

  • 41-42° F/5-6° C
  • 85-95% relative humidity

Maintain adequate air ventilation during storage. Keep cartons off the floor to help prevent dampening of boxes from condensation of moisture in the room. Store citrus away from foods with strong odors and ethylene-producing fruits.

Shelf-Life:
21 to 28 days.
Troubleshooting:

Pitted peel, discolored flesh, and mold are indications of improper storage temperature.

Usage Ideas:

  • Sauté mandarin slices and minced ginger in butter; deglaze with orange-liqueur; serve in crepes with freshly whipped cream.
  • Layer puffed pastry squares with chocolate mousse and macerated mandarin slices.
Seasonal Availability:

Major production areas include Arizona, California, and Florida.