If you read the January 2015 Plant of the Month post, you know that I have a special love for mandarin oranges. This time of year, there are so many different varieties of citrus (and especially mandarin oranges) available in the store that it’s a little overwhelming!
I had a different citrus fruit planned for this month’s feature, but then I was at my local co-op over the weekend and spotted a display of the tiniest oranges I’ve ever seen! I was immediately curious and went over to read the sign. Fast forward to our newest (and smallest so far) Plant of the Month!
I won’t get in to the history of this variety of mandarin orange (you can check out this article if you’re interested). Let’s just focus on how tiny and cute they are!
Patrick thought he’d focus on their size in the photos. He thought it would be funny to put Marcel next to one, but it doesn’t really emphasize how little they are when you put the tiniest variety of mandarin orange next to the tiniest variety of dog! So to put things in perspective, Marcel weighs 4.5 pounds and is about 11 inches tall (from the floor to the top of his head, not including the height of his ears!). The Satsuma mandarin orange in the middle is about the size of a tennis ball. The Seedless Kishu on the far left is about the size of a Super Ball (remember those!?).
Seedless Kishu mandarins taste very similar to Satsuma mandarins, but the flavor is more intense and a little tarter. They’re just as easy to peel and are equally juicy. If you can find one at your local store, I definitely recommend trying one!