It’s satsuma season! And this year’s crop of freshly harvested New Zealand satsuma mandarins are set to bring a ray of sunshine to our shorter days and longer nights.

Grown in the orchards of Northland and Gisborne, satsuma mandarins are sweet, deliciously juicy and bursting full of vitamins A, B and immune boosting C and E – not to mention minerals including calcium and iron.

And there’s no precious time wasted – they’re seedless and super easy to peel!

Their loose skin provides nature’s perfect packaging, protecting the delicate segments inside. Satsuma mandarins are versatile and tasty, so while the short days and long nights set in, why not brighten up both inside and out, with the following suggestions:

Sat-moothie

Grab four Satsumas and peel, remove any excess pith both in the middle and around the outside. Put the segments into a smoothie/blender cup and add in ½ a cup of ice, ¼ cup of either yoghurt or almond milk, and a tiny dash of sea salt. Optional ingredients to sweeten the taste are either chunks of frozen banana, a drizzle of honey or a drop of vanilla extract. Once you have put all your desired ingredients into the cup blend until smooth!

Sunshine Your Salad

Reminisce in the taste of summer by adding satsumas to your salad in a delicious dressing. Whisk the zest and juice of one lime, a teaspoon of honey and 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl. Then add two tablespoons of freshly chopped mint leaves and two tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander. Peel eight satsumas and slice each segment in half. Add the sliced satsumas into the mixing bowl for a zesty citrus dressing to add to any of your favourite salads.

Sparkling Satsuma

Add a tasty juicy twist to your soda water or sparkling water with satsuma mandarins. Peel and remove the pulp from 6 – 10 satsumas, 2 small grapefruits and 1 lemon, combine everything together to juice. Once juiced, add a handful of mint leaves to the bottom of your glass along with a drizzle of maple syrup and a small splash of the juice. Muddle the mint leaves until they are bruised and very fragrant. Next pour around 3/4 cup of the juice into the glass, accompanied by 2 – 4 tablespoons of soda water or sparking water, add ice as needed.

T&G’s satsuma mandarins are moving into your local supermarket, find them in the fresh produce section from April 24th.

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