Types of Mandarins

Mandarins originated in China and were named after the Chinese officials of the Imperial court the “Mandarins” who used the fruit for various medicinal purposes. Australians consume approximately 70,000 tonnes of Australian mandarins throughout the season.

Selection, Storage and Availability

As for other citrus fruit mandarins are picked ripe. Select fruit that feels heavy for its size. Mandarins are available from Mid Autumn to early Summer.

Nutrition Information

A single mandarin provides adults with 190% of their daily intake of Vitamin C, whereas apples provide 40% and bananas 33%.

Imperial Mandarins

Imperials are a small to medium sized mandarin that has a smooth, glossy skin that is quite thin, puffy and easy to peel with few seeds. These are the most popular mandarin variety and the first to be harvested each season. They are a golden-orange mandarin, and one of a handful of popular citrus varieties that have originated in Australia.
The variety was first recognized in Sydney in 1890.
Available April-October.

Afourer Mandarins

This variety originates from Morocco. It has a deep orange-red colour and is easy to peel. Afourer can be seedless, but this can be affected by growing conditions. They are a juicy and flavoursome variety.
Available June-November.

Hickson Mandarins

These originated in Queensland in 1941. Hicksons are known for their brilliant bright orange skin. They are easier to peel later in their season when their skins become slightly puffy or loose.
Available early to mid season.

Daisy Mandarins

Daisy have a dark orange tight skin and a bold and aromatic flavour. They are large in size, and have rich glossy skin. The variety is a cross between a Fortune and Fremont mandarin. Daisy’s keep well.
Available early to mid season.

Honey Murcott Mandarins

Murcott mandarin varieties are known for their attractive appearance and excellent flavour. They are a large variety with the reputation of being sweet. They are also a favourite for juicing. They are often referred to as Honey Murcott because of their sweetness.
Available mid to late season.

Taylor-Lee Mandarins

This is another Australian bred variety. It is large in size, juicy and has relatively few seeds compared to other varieties.

Nova Mandarins

This is a cross between a Clementine and a tangelo. It is a very attractive fruit with dark orange skin and flesh. Its pebbly skin can be thin and tight, but is still easy to peel.

Clementine Mandarin

A mandarin variety sometimes called the seedless tangarines. Easy to peel deep orange skin with an almost seedless juicy/sweet flesh.  Available in the winter months.