Wild River™ Mandarins are CCOF-certified organic, grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. A variety of the orange family, these little nutritional powerhouses are a sweet source of vitamin C, antioxidants and dietary fiber. Mandarins are easy to peel by hand, making them a convenient, healthy snack that is especially popular among children.
Sweet flavor with a tangy punch.
Tight, thin skin.
Late season maturity.
Sweet citrus flavor.
Loose, thick skin.
Early season maturity.
The mandarin is a small citrus tree (Citrus reticulata) native to South-Eastern Asia and the Philippines where it is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. In 1805, the tree was introduced to the West when two varieties from Guangzhou (Canton) China were taken to England. Cultivation began in the U.S. around 1850. Various cultivars and crosses between the original mandarin and other citrus fruits have since resulted in a number of unique varieties.
Ripening & Storage
Wild River™ Organic Mandarins are left to ripen on the tree. Firmer mandarins should be stored at room temperature and should not be kept in direct sunlight. Citrus fruit keeps best if refrigerated when ripe and will typically store for 1-2 weeks.
Nutritional Information & Health Benefits
Mandarin oranges are low in calories and naturally fat-free. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing up to 80% of recommended daily intake, and help strengthen immune system functioning. Mandarins are high in the compounds beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the eyes and may prevent age-related macular degeneration. One cup of mandarin segments contains 1.8 grams of dietary fiber, approximately 5% of the total daily intake recommended for men and 7% for women. Mandarin oranges are also rich in the cancer-fighting flavonoids hesperetin and naringenin, and contain antioxidants that may be beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels.