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Product features and varieties:
The mandarin (Citrus reticulata) is a small citrus tree with oblate fruits, smaller than oranges with a less sour as well as sweeter and stronger taste. The skin of the fruit is thin and peels off easily and its orange colour can vary from yellow to red according to the variety. Another characteristic of the different varieties is the presence or not of seeds.
The varieties we commercialize the most are Satsuma, Clementine, Avana, Comune and “Tardivo di Ciaculli”.
This last variety is a late cultivar (in Italian “tardivo”) for the delayed period of production, compared to other cultivars. It takes its name from the village of Palermo (Ciaculli-Croce), in Sicily, where it is still produced.
Harvesting and availability:
The harvesting is done manually and it is necessary to remove the fruit from the pedicle with scissors and a high attention to avoid damaging other mandarins placed in the container.
The Satsuma variety is the first available, already from mid-September; the availability of the Avana, which is a early variety, begins in December (sometimes in late November, too). The ripe Ciaculli is available from February and until April, in relation to climatic variables.
The product is delivered in cardboard boxes or in RPC (Reusable Plastic Containers)