Mandarin Orange

The mandarin orange is a citrus fruit that is botanically classified in the rutaceous plant family.  Well-known mandarin sub-types are the Satsuma, the sweet Clementine (originating from a cross between the tangerine and bitter orange) and the tangerine. 

The number of seeds inside the fruit depends upon the variety.  The mandarin orange was cultivated 300 years ago in the Asian region. Today, it is grown in many, warmer areas. This fruit arrived in Europe and America in the 19th century.  Swiss imports originate mainly from the Mediterranean.

Season: From November to February (only imported produce)

Nutritional Value: Mandarin – Swiss food compsition database

 

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Mandarin oranges and their related varieties are important sources of vitamin C in the winter months. They also contain potassium and folic acid.

1 portion a day corresponds to:

One and a half Mandarin oranges