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Market Watch: Pixie mandarins from Ojai are a farmers market favorite
Market Watch: Pixie mandarins from Ojai are a farmers market favorite

Small and unprepossessing they may be, but Pixie mandarins are a farmers market favorite for their seedlessness, rich flavor — combining the best of mandarin and orange — and late season. In the last decade, Pixies grown in this picturesque valley in northwestern Ventura County have achieved cult status in Southern California because they're local, distinctive and delicious. Still, much about this charismatic mandarin remains little known, particularly its serendipitous path to renown. About 90 years ago, Howard Frost, a breeder at the Citrus Experiment Station in Riverside, made a number of crosses using King tangor, a natural mandarin-orange hybrid from Vietnam, which...

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