Harvest of the Month: Mandarin Oranges

This time of year, we all need a bit of extra Vitamin C to boost our immune systems against colds and flu. Try getting a dose of Vitamin C, as well as other health benefits, by snacking on mandarin oranges. These small oranges, also sometimes called tangerines, have a juicy, citrusy taste that can brighten up cold winter days.

Mandarin oranges are a great source of dietary fiber and antioxidants – both of which can help lower cholesterol. They are also typically kid-friendly, since they taste great and are easy for children to eat. Keep a bowl of mandarin oranges on hand in your kitchen or office break room to encourage healthy snacking this season.

How to Select

The peak season for mandarin oranges is December through January, a true winter fruit. Look for mandarin oranges that feel heavy for their size and have glossy orange skin. Avoid choosing oranges that feel lightweight or have bruises or cuts.

How to Store

Mandarin oranges keep their freshest taste when stored up to four days at room temperature, or up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Beyond these timeframes, they will start to dry out.

How to Prepare

Mandarin oranges are the perfect grab-and-go fruit. They peel easily, so you can enjoy them any time. They also work well when tossed in salads or fruit bowls, or as toppings for foods such as yogurt.


Try this recipe for Spicy Orange Chicken with mandarin oranges.