Satsuma Mandarins

Satsumas are prized by citrus enthusiasts. Why? As a Mandarin, Satsumas are easy to peel, juicy, fist-size and smaller, seedless and sweet. But here’s the deal: unlike Clementines, Satsuma Mandarins have a more complex flavor profile with more classic Tangerine notes in their deep orange, juicy-sweet flesh. Plus, their dimpled-rough skin is puffier, and therefore even easier to peel with your fingers than Clementine Mandarins. And if you get them from the right California grower that allows them to fully ripen on the tree – you are in for one of the sweetest, most flavorful pieces of citrus you’ll find all year!

Satsuma Mandarins are not widely available at most supermarkets, at least here on the East Coast. Specialty markets, natural foods retailers, organic markets, coops and independent retailers that focus on produce are most likely to stock them.

Satsuma Tips

  • Select Satsuma Mandarins that are free from gooey-soft spots (decay), but if the skin feels loose that is normal for the variety.
  • Satsumas have high sugars and will go bad quicker than other citrus fruits so keep the fruit refrigerated until the day you intend to eat them.
  • For a touch of beauty and intrigue, some growers sell “Stem & Leaf” packs of Satsuma Mandarins with parts of the tree still attached.
  • Satsuma Mandarins are not widely available at most supermarkets, at least here on the East Coast. Specialty markets, natural foods retailers, organic markets, coops and independent retailers that focus on produce are most likely to stock them.

Clementines? Satsumas? Yep, they’re Mandarins and they rock! Jon taste tests some peak season Mandarins.