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Who needs a little citrus lesson today? Did you know that mandarins are actually a type of orange, but they are their own category? They are smaller than oranges and they are sweeter than oranges. Their skin is also thinner and looser, making them easy to peel…thus, the popular term “easy peelers”. Now that you are familiar with this tasty fruit, let’s talk about why they are so great to have on hand at all times!
- The perfect snack. Sweet, juicy, seedless and easy for little hands to peel.
- Kids LOVE them. Easy to toss into your kid’s lunchbox, or offer as a pre/post game snack.
- Great for adults, too. Nice “pick me up” during the workday, or a boost of energy before a workout.
- Great for on-the-go snacking!
- Add sliced oranges to a glass of water to help maintain a healthy immune system.
At Walmart, from now into early November, mandarins come from Chile. They are packed with vitamin C. Eating 2 mandarins will give you more than 50% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. So great!
In addition to mandarins being a great snack option, they are great ingredients to some tasty recipes. I can’t wait to try this one:
MANDARIN ORANGE RAMEN NOODLE SALAD
4 Mandarin Oranges
1 package (14 oz) shredded coleslaw mixture with carrots (about 6 cups)
1 package (3 oz) “Oriental” flavor instant ramen noodles, seasoning packet reserved
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Peel and segment the mandarin oranges and place in a large bowl with the slaw mix.
Remove the dry ramen noodles from the package and set the seasoning packet aside.
Break up the noodles and add to the slaw, along with the green onions, almonds and sesame seeds.
In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved seasoning packet, vinegar, oils, sugar, salt and spice until sugar is dissolved.
Pour dressing over the slaw mixture and toss together. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to hydrate noodles.
Look for Chilean citrus at Walmart in the produce section!