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How to pick mandarin oranges Doing some last-minute marking for Chinese New Year this weekend? Here's an easy...

How to pick mandarin oranges Doing some last-minute marking for Chinese New Year this weekend? Here's an easy...

Native to South-east Asia and originally cultivated in large quantities in China and Japan, mandarin oranges spread further around the world only from the early 19th century. They have since become so widely and successfully grown that mandarin varieties and hybrids together form the largest group in the citrus genus. The mandarin orange is considered a chief citrus species, along with the pomelo and the citron. Almost all other commonly eaten citrus fruits, including regular oranges and lemons, are descendants of these three and their hybrids. Mandarins are important during Chinese New Year for several reasons. Many mandarin types are at their seasonal best between mid-winter and mid-spring, when the New Year falls. Their round shape and golden colour are also considered auspicious, symbolising wealth and good fortune; and they are conveniently sized for giving and eating...

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