When is mandarin season?

When is mandarin season?

Most mandarins hit the shelves between September and April in Texas, California and Florida. They ripen in November and December in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Hawaii, which is why the fruit is usually called the “Christmas orange”. The aroma of these fruits alone creates a sense of celebration, let´s check the mandarin season in detail in the following chart.

StateMandarins in season
Alabamamid-October till mid-December
ArizonaJanuary till March and August till December
CaliforniaJanuary till April, November till December
FloridaJanuary till May and October till December
HawaiiJanuary till April, September till December
LouisianaJanuary till February and mid-September till December
MississippiNovember till December
TexasJanuary till April and September till December

Mandarins health benefits

Mandarins are a rich source of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. And since these fruits grow on trees, they do not contain heavy metals and radionuclides that can accumulate in the soil. Mandarins contain a lot of vitamin C, which is essential during the cold season. It activates immune cells, helping the body fight infections and viruses.

Mandarins contain fiber and they serve as a prebiotic that stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria that improve digestion and restore the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract. The second helps intestinal peristalsis. 

Thanks to the abundance of vitamins A and C, citrus improves skin condition. In addition, mandarins accelerate wound healing and fight premature signs of aging: wrinkles, dryness, and decreased skin elasticity.

How to eat mandarins

Most often, mandarins are used as an independent dessert. Nevertheless, ripe slices are often added to various fruit and vegetable salads, baked goods (for sandwiching cakes). Also, juices and fresh juices, ice cream fillings, and even some sauces and gravies are made from mandarin. Very often, cut slices are preserved frozen or dried.