|Owari Satsuma Mandarin
|One average size Satsuma Mandarin contains:|
Source: California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California 2007
Placer County Satsuma mandarins begin ripening during the winter, just in time for the cold and flu season. These little citrus fruits are easy to peel and fun to eat, and they provide high doses of Vitamin C and synephrine -- a natural decongestant that helps relieve cold and allergy symptoms.
Made famous in a 2008 study by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Placer County Owari Satsuma mandarins offer high concentrations of the phytochemical synephrine. According to the study, synephrine concentrations in Placer County mandarins were up to six times higher than values previously determined for orange juices. The study concluded that ten ounces of mandarin juice contains as much synephrine as one over-the-counter decongestant pill.
So when you or your family start getting the sniffles, reach for a delicious Satsuma mandarin. Be sure to keep a healthy supply on hand, but don’t wait too long to stock up -- Owari Satsuma mandarins are only in season for a few months.
There is a growing desire for sustainable farming and organically grown food in America. Organically grown food is produced without using conventional pesticides or fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients. Certified organic food in the United States is grown according to standards set by the National Organic Program. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a USDA accredited certifier must inspect the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.
If you are one of the growing number of Americans looking for certified organic mandarins, you can find them at these orchards:
4480 Hansen Road, Loomis
No Ranch Sales. Farmers Markets Only.
145 Uncle Joe's Lane, Newcastle