Mandarin Oranges are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the Certified Farmers’ Market. Mandarin Oranges, as their name implies, originated in Southeast Asia, and were likely at least one of the early ancestors of all modern oranges (along with Pomelos).
Today, Mandarin Oranges are distributed commercially in several varieties, including Mikan Oranges (the source of most canned mandarin oranges), Clementines, Tangerines, Satsumas (popular because they are seedless) and Tangors (also known as Temple Oranges). Locally-grown Satsumas (pesticide/chemical-free), Golden Nuggets (pesticide/chemical-free), Organic Satsumas, Organic Murcott (Honey) Mandarins and Organic Clementines are all in season and available at all three Certified Farmers’ Market locations.
Price: $1.50 per pound, and up.
Did You Know: Chinese people associate Mandarin Oranges with good luck. During Chinese New Year celebrations, Mandarin oranges are given to family and friends to usher in prosperity. The Chinese also use different varieties of Mandarin Oranges, and parts of the plant, such as seeds, roots, leaves and flowers, in traditional Chinese medicine.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Visitor Center, 72-567 Highway 111.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.