Its Satsuma Time!

Satsumas come around during the holidays, and are easy to peel and taste great and juicy! We love having them around the house because they are a perfect, healthy snack.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Citrus unshiu is a seedless and easy-peeling citrus mutant of Chinese origin, but introduced to the West via Japan. In Japan, it is known as unshu mikan温州蜜柑, unshū mikan). In China, it is known as Wenzhou miganChinese: (Japanese: (温州蜜柑pinyin: Wēnzhōu Mìgān). The Japanese name is a result of the local reading of the same characters used in the Chinese, the name meaning "Honey Citrus of Wenzhou" in both languages. It is also often known as "Seedless mandarin" (Chinese: 无核桔pinyin: wúhé jú) or as a satsuma.

Its fruit is sweet and usually seedless, about the size of other mandarin orangesCitrus reticulata), smaller than an orange. One of the distinguishing features of the satsuma is the distinctive thin, leathery skin dotted with large and prominent oil glands, which is lightly attached around the fruit, enabling it to be peeled very easily in comparison to other citrus fruits. The satsuma also has particularly delicate flesh, which cannot withstand the effects of careless handling. The uniquely loose skin of the satsuma, however, means that any such bruising and damage to the fruit may not be immediately apparent upon the typical cursory visual inspection associated with assessing the quality of other fruits. In this regard, the satsuma is often categorised by citrus growers as a hit-and-miss citrus fruit, the loose skin particular to the fruit precluding the definitive measurement of its quality by sight and feel alone.

The Chinese and Japanese names reference Wenzhou, a city in the ZhejiangJapan since ancient times, and the majority of cultivars grown in China Province of China known for its citrus production. However, it has also been grown in today were cultivated in Japan and reverse-introduced into China in modern times.

Clementines are not the same variety as the unshiu or satsuma mandarin."

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