Growing up the only thing I knew about mandarins where that they came in only in a can. On how little did I know the true amount of variety in this form of citrus. In the last month, I discovered a couple new variety I had not tried. One of them is the Murcott Mandarin. I first encountered it at a Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, MI. The next encounter came at a farmer’s market in Irvine, California. Naturally buying closer to the source I ended up with a better product, but also I ended up with a seedless one. The ones I bought in Michigan contains seeds. So what gives? I found out that his variety is not naturally seedless. However in the right conditions it can be seedless. If the Murcott is grown far enough a way from other pollen producing citrus, then it will be seedless or have few seeds.
My Experience with this Orange (Rating Scale 1-10)
Seeded or Seedless: Seedless sometimes at least
Acidity : 7
Orange Flavor: 6
Overall Feeling: Very comparable to a Clementine in all categories. One of the main draws for farmers to grow the Murcott is that it’s season is right after the Clementine’s. So you can in the marketplace you can easily replace the Clementine with the Murcott. The flavor isn’t anything unique. The membrane that surrounds each segment was a little tougher than most Clementines I have had. That doesn’t stop it from being a good mandarin.
Availability: January to March, with February being their best month.