In season in Northern California: Mid-November through January
How to choose a good mandarin: Pick it up. If the mandarin feels heavy for it’s size it’s at peak of juiciness. Avoid those that feel light or have soft spots.
Taste: Most variety of mandarins tend to taste sweeter than their other citrus cousins, including the two most common varieties of mandarins grown in Placer County, clementine and Satsuma.
Health benefits: An excellent source of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and helps keep the immune system healthy and support cardiovascular health. A good source of Vitamin A, supporting healthy vision. One medium mandarin contains about 45 calories, 2 from fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.