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Mandarin Oranges

Sweet little Mandarin oranges are tasty whether canned or fresh.

Mandarins are an entire family of small pumpkin-shaped oranges that includes the tangerine, clementine, and satsuma.

    Fresh Mandarins: For Snacking or Cooking

    Mandarins are easy to slip out of their skins, which are thin and fit loosely around the fruit. Getting to the juicy, sweet fruit inside is like unwrapping a tiny gift--which is one reason Mandarins are so popular eaten out-of-hand as a quick, healthy snack.

    You can also add Mandarins to salad, or use their juice to make sauces.

    Canned Mandarins: Add to Desserts or Dinner

    Canned Mandarin oranges add sweetness to cakes. You can also toss them into salads or stir fries. If the hint of flavor seems familiar, it should be--the Mandarin's peel gives off an essential oil that is used to flavor hard candies, carbonated drinks, chewing gum, even perfume!

    When to Buy Fresh Mandarins

    Mandarins are at their delicious peak during the holiday season, and make an easy (and cheap) addition to Christmas stockings. Tangerines are the sweetest variety, but they also come with pesky seeds. Clementines, sometimes sold as "cuties," are almost always seedless. Satsumas--the variety you're most likely to get when you buy canned Mandarins--are also seedless.

      Dec. 13, 2010 5:39 pm
      Mandarin oranges are my favorite thing in the world to eat right out of the can.
      Dec. 14, 2010 5:37 am
      C'mon AR, where's the FRESH mandarin orange recipe collection :=) I never have a problem figuring out what to do with canned ones -- it's the boxes and bags of fresh ones that give me trouble after awhile ;)
      Dec. 14, 2010 5:38 am
      I think it is a personal prefference of mine but I can`t imagine eating any citrus canned - fresh and only fresh, I say
      Dec. 16, 2010 8:18 pm
      As a serious home cook I can't imagine using "canned" when given the option for fresh and even better, home grown.
      Dec. 5, 2011 5:37 pm
      Here's a super easy recipe for Mandarin Oranges. You get a tub of cool whip, 1 small box of orange jello & mandarin oranges. Drain the oranges. Mix all together. And thats it. Enjoy!!
      Jan. 17, 2012 9:16 am
      Only fresh mandarin oranges for me!!
      Dec. 26, 2012 11:37 am
      I like them both ways. There are uses for both, and we enjoy them all. And we add a lot of other fruits to our cool-whip-and-jello-goo fruit salads. Try mandarins, pineapple tidbits, maraschino cherries, blueberries and chopped walnuts. YUM!
      Mar. 5, 2013 10:20 am
      Has anyone ever use cuties in smoothies or frozen them for that
      Sep. 13, 2013 2:00 pm
      Okay, they said very confused.
      Jan. 21, 2015 5:14 pm
      Fresh, fresh, fresh! I'd rather eat fresh and only when it's in season, than eat anything canned.
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