Mikan Season

We have a number of fruit trees in our small yard and this year has been a very productive one. Our persimmon tree and pomegranate bush did very well (though the birds took more than their fair share). Right now our mikan tree is loaded with fruit. Not only are there a lot of them, they are bigger than in years past.

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Mikan (the Japanese name) came from China where it is called Whenzou migan, and was introduced to the West from here. It is known as mandarin or tangerine in North America and satsuma in the UK.

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The average tangerine has 22 mg of vitamin C, plus folic acid and 512 iu of vitamin A. These not "average" sized, the largest being about 8 cm in diameter (over 3 inches). Not to mention how tasty they are.

I don't know what conditions made for this bumper crop, but I'm sure happy to have fresh organic fruit right outside my door. Now if I could just find a variety of bananas that do well here...


ladybug said...

They sure look good! Do you make jam/jelly from them as well?

The birds always took most of the cherries from Dad's tree (which blew down in a storm several years ago...), but since we didn't do anything with them, it was ok.

Now however, I'm annoyed with slugs! They proliferate in our wet climate and damage anything on the ground! AAARRGGH!

Don Snabulus said...

Beautiful fruits. I hope your harvest brings you plenty to enjoy and share around.


Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - I've never tried making jelly or jam. That's a good thought. Thanks.

Slugs - yuck.

Snabby - Yes indeed. K's parents will get a bag full and perhaps that Moody Minstrel guy would like to swing by sometime after they ripen more and take some home.

The Moody Minstrel said...


One of the reasons to relish late autumn!

I used to love eating mikan and drinking tea while huddling around the oil stove in the staff room with my coworkers during my breaks back when I was working at public senior high schools.

Unfortunately, the school where I work now has electric heating in all the rooms, not to mention insulation and storm windows. Guess what: no mikan. Sure, it's more comfortable (not to mention easier on the lungs and brain cells), but it seems like life has lost quite a bit of character in the process.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Is that a serious invitation? I'll be right over! Mikan fresh from the tree are ALWAYS welcome!

PinkPanther said...

DHL some to me, plzzzzzzzzzzz! :=)

Pandabonium said...

Moody - I've never understood why the heaters are not vented to the outside.

Yes, you are welcome to mikan here. There are plenty and to spare. Just email before you come and I'll have a bag full ready for you, or you can pick them yourself if you like.

PinkPanther - you are welcome to some mikan too - but you have to come get them. :^)

ladybug said...

Well, I was just thinking of ways to preserve the crop...and drying didn't seem to be the way to go as citrus doesn't seem to do as well as other fruits.

I know you can get low-sugar pectin here in the states, maybe Japan as well?

Robin said...

beautiful mandarins... or Lok Kum in Cantonese.

Are they sweet?

some are quite sour here.

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - no worries. by the time the in-laws get through with them, preserving the crop won't be a problem. :^)

Robin - hi. They are pretty sweet - not the sweetest I've tasted, like the small ones I used to eat in California, but not at all sour.

Olivia said...

Awwww I miss having a garden to grow things in!!!

What do you do with them all?

Pandabonium said...

Hi Olivia - having a garden can be very therapeutic - even a window box of herbs and flowers.

Between us, K's parents, sister, brother, we'll do our best to eat them all - and perhaps Moody will take some and K will take some to her students at elementary school.

Happysurfer said...

They look so good. Nothing like fresh fruits from your own garden.

Pandabonium said...

Hi Happy! Yeah, ain't that the truth. Even better when you've planted and tended the plant. In this case I did not, but am still happy to see it bear such a bounty of fruit.

@ロウ 。LOW@ said...

Malaysian ate millions of those but never did plug one from the tree itself - Oren Mandarin. Months from now (Chinese New Year! Wow, time flies :p) my Malay/Indian friends will be bugging me for that, I guess.

I prefer banana, anytime. But do have fun there, my friend!

QUASAR9 said...

satsumas or 'mandarinas' in Spanish - now I get where the name comes from.

Somehow I'd always assummed that Seville oranges and therefore any oranges (and satsumas) were native to Spain.

Interesting to hear too, that of the 1001 varieties of apples in the uk, none are 'native' - not even Newton's Apple - some brought by the Romans.

But more odd to hear that all apples and all varieties, proceed from one forest (orchard) in Afghanistan.

Olivia said...

Umph....we have some basil and rosemary growing in the window...it's just not the same.

In Texas we lived in a pine forest, and had a huge front yard with all sorts of seasonal and trumpet flowers and roses. Back yard had a growing patch for tomatoes, strawberries, eggplant, green beans, and all the herbs. Our next door neighbour's banana sucker burrowed into our yard too.

We'd stick anything in the ground, so there was some turmeric and garlic grass, and by the time we sold the house, there was a papaya tree, and possibly the only wiri-wiri pepper tree in Texas.

Nothing I do in London will ever compare with that!
*strolls off grumbling*

Pandabonium said...

@ロウ 。LOW@ - I'd like to grow bananas as well. We eat them every day and the ones we buy are shipped here from the Philippines. I grew them in Hawaii, but they were some work as they spread like crazy if you let them.

Quasar 9 - wow. those are interesting facts about apples. they can all be traced back to Afghanistan? Amazing. Carrots are from that region too IIRC.

Olivia - I can relate to that. Sounds like you had a wonderful garden. In Hawaii I had papaya, banana, lemon and Surinam cherries, plus a neighbor's avocado tree which hung over into my yard and grew lettuces and tomatoes hydroponically. My efforts here have been much more modest.

Olivia said...

One day, I will again. I promise, I will go back to the US and live the life I had before I stubbornly returned to the UK! But at least I learned my own lessons here....