While Winter is the peak of most citrus varieties like oranges, Mandarins get a slightly earlier start. Imperial mandarins will generally be available from mid April, and will start to peak throughout May.
A lunchbox staple, mandarins are popular because of their sweet, juicy flavour, and easiness to eat.
Early season Imperials have a juicy, sweet profile, with minimal seeds. After these we can expect varieties such as Empress, Gold-Nugget, Dekopon, Clementines, and finally the seedless and slightly tangy Afourer.
Hop into the Mandarins while you can, cause unlike Oranges, Mandarins have a finite season. When they’re gone, they’re gone…