During my recent trip to California, I was on the look out for new varieties of citrus to try. One thing I discovered was Golden Nugget Mandarins. This mandarin variety was developed at the University of California - Riverside. The Golden Nugget has a yellowish orange skin. It has been called Pixie-like for it's similarities to the Pixie Tangerine. The Golden Nugget arrives at it's peak at the perfect time: right after Clementines & Satsumas are about done but before the Pixie Tangerines burst onto the scene for the year.
My Experience with this Orange (Rating Scale 1-10)
Seeded or Seedless: Seedless
Acidity : 7
Orange Flavor: 8
Overall Feeling: Golden Nugget is a wonderful mandarin. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavor. It's very easy to peel and a delight to the taste buds. I wish I would have bought more of these.
Availability: The only place I have seen them was at the Irvine Farmer's Market. I do not of any stores carrying them, so your best bet may be at a farmer's market. They should be available from February through April.