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Market Watch: The best mandarins are usually from farmers markets
Market Watch: The best mandarins are usually from farmers markets

Mandarins at their best are arguably the finest-flavored of all citrus, and clementines are potentially among the best of mandarins. California farmers have planted them on tens of thousands of acres over the last decade, and they are readily available in supermarkets, but there are several reasons, regarding variety, growing area, ripeness and post-harvest, for searching them out at farmers markets. By the traditional account, the original clementine originated in a planting of mandarin seedlings made by Father Clement Rodier in the garden of an orphanage in Oran, Algeria, in the late 1890s. It flourished in the Mediterranean climate of North Africa and Spain, producing fruits of modest...

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