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Meet The New Owners of Placer County’s S and J Mandarin Grove

Meet The New Owners of Placer County’s S and J Mandarin Grove

S and J Mandarin Blog

As of March 2017, Steve and Denette Cook are the proud new owners of S and J Mandarin Grove.

We met Steve and June on New Year’s Eve and our friendship blossomed quickly! We loved their organic mandarins and the beauty of the mandarin farm and soon we became the proud new owners of S and J Mandarin Grove!

Our promise to Steve and June is to keep their strict farming practices and traditions going to maintain the same great organic products and online services instituted by them!

Our family is committed to growing and harvesting the same sweet and juicy Organic varieties of seedless Owari Satsuma mandarins, Okitsu Wase Satsuma mandarins, Pixies, Tangos, and Clementine mandarin oranges in the Sierra Nevada foothills for your family and friends to enjoy during the winter season!

Nothing but the best from our farm to your home!

We offer convenient ordering from our website with shipping throughout the United States and military APOs. Please use our convenient online ordering and payment page and we’ll process your request within the timeframe specified during our Open Season (November thru January).

Are you local? Come on by our mandarin grove and pick up a bag to take home and enjoy today! We also sell on Sundays at the Farmers Market in Downtown Sacramento!

We look forward to being your source for fresh, sweet, juicy Certified Organic Mandarins for years to come!

Thank you,

The Cook Family
Steve and Denette
Eddy, Jerrad, Evan, Isabela and our granddaughter Jenessa!
(We can’t “furget” our furry friends — Hazel and Cowboy — arf arf!)

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145 Uncle Joes Lane, Newcastle, California,

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Eating Mandarin Oranges?

What Are The Health Benefits Of Eating Mandarin Oranges?

S and J Mandarin Blog

What Are The Health Benefits Of Eating Mandarin Oranges?

Mandarin oranges have a low calorie count and a high number of minerals, nutrients, and vitamins.

The health benefits of mandarin oranges include:

  • Mandarins contains Vitamins A, B, and a high level of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, prevents infections, cramps, and vomiting, and is great for the health of your skin.
  • Mandarin oranges contain the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin that function as antioxidants that protect your vision and support your immune system.
  • Mandarins are a substantial source of insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber keeps things moving in your digestive system and flushes out harmful toxins, and soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol and keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing food absorption.
  • Mandarins contain calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium help build bone strength, create new bone, and fight osteoporosis.
  • Mandarins produce synephrine, a natural decongestant, which also helps to curb production of cholesterol in the body.
  • Mandarins contain potassium, a mineral known to help lower blood pressure and keep blood flow moving smoothly.

Eating mandarin oranges is also a great way to fight off winter sniffles.

Our Satsuma mandarins ripen just in time for the winter cold season. Good thing too! They provide a high amount of Vitamin C and synephrine — a natural decongestant that helps relieve cold and allergy symptoms.

Made famous in a 2008 study by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Placer County Owari Satsuma mandarins, like those grown at S & J Mandarin Grove, offer high concentrations of the phytochemical synephrine. According to the study, synephrine concentrations in Placer County mandarins were up to six times higher than values previously determined for orange juices. The study concluded that ten ounces of mandarin juice contains as much synephrine as one over-the-counter decongestant pill.

To help keep you and your family healthy this winter, be sure to stock up on S & J Organic Mandarins! They are fun to eat, easy to peel, sweet, seedless, and absolutely delicious. Many of our customers tell us that eating an S & J mandarin is like eating candy — but there’s no guilt because they’re a healthy snack.

Just don’t wait too long to order your boxes of organic Placer County mountain mandarins… we sell out early every year!

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What’s The Difference Between Oranges, Mandarins, Satsumas, Clementines, Tangerines?

What’s The Difference Between Oranges, Mandarins, Satsumas, Clementines, Tangerines?

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What’s The Difference Between Oranges, Mandarins, Satsumas, Clementines, Tangerines?

Unsure of the differences between these small citrus fruits, many people confuse often oranges, mandarins, Tangerines, Clementines, and Satsumas. In fact, throughout the United States, the terms mandarin and tangerine are used interchangeably, even though they are not the same thing. While a tangerine is a type of mandarin, not all mandarins are tangerines.

But the confusion isn’t really a surprise, as the Citrus Variety Collection of the University of California has 167 different hybrids and varieties of mandarins listed.

Here’s a breakdown of the differences between these popular and delicious citrus fruits:

Oranges are second in size to the grapefruit. This citrus fruit has a thick skin, is round in shape, and has a tart flavor.

Mandarins are a type of orange and the overarching category that Tangerines, Clementines, and Satsumas fall into. They are generally smaller and sweeter than oranges, a little flatter in shape, and they and have a thinner, looser skin that makes them easier to peel.

Tangerines are a specific type of mandarin orange. They are a bright orange color, slightly tougher skins, and their flavor is a little less sweet and a bit more tart.

Clementines are the smallest type of mandarin orange. They are super sweet, seedless, and have red-orange skins that are smooth and shiny. The mandarins you see in grocery stores called Cuties and Sweeties are Clementines. They are easier to peel than tangerines, but not as easy to peel as Satsumas.

Satsuma Mandarins are a specific type of mandarin orange, originating in Japan more than 700 years ago. They are a lighter orange, sweet, juicy, and seedless. They are also the easiest variety to peel. The most tender, easily damaged type of mandarin, Satsuma mandarin oranges are harder to find fresh in stores.

At S & J Mandarin Grove, we primarily grow and ship certified organic Owari Satsuma Mandarins.

We also have a small number of super sweet Clementine mandarin trees that ripen later in the season. We only sell this small variety at our Newcastle, California orchard and at the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ Market. Come visit us.

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Why Are Mandarin Oranges A Symbol Of Good Fortune?

Why Are Mandarin Oranges A Symbol Of Good Fortune?

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Why Are Mandarin Oranges A Symbol Of Good Fortune?

The Mandarin orange is an important symbol of the Chinese New Year.

The small citrus looks like the sun, and because the sun is aligned with the yang (positive) principle, it is a symbol of abundance and happiness. They are not only used as decorations, but given as gifts when visiting family and friends as a symbol of sharing abundance and good fortune.

Mandarin oranges, often called Christmas oranges, are also a Christmas tradition in Canada, the United States, and Russia:

The tradition quickly spread eastward. Each year when the mandarins arrived in the United State from Japan, they were shipped across the country in orange rail cars altering everyone that the mandarins were back for the holidays. The arrival of the Japanese mandarin oranges soon came to symbolize the beginning of the holiday season and the tradition of giving mandarins as gifts during the holidays spread across the country.

In European holiday tradition, Saint Nicholas is said to have put gold coins into the stockings of three poor girls so that they could afford to get married. Over time, the Japanese tradition of giving mandarins as holiday gifts merged with the European story and mandarins became a symbolic representation of the gold coins, and again a symbol of good fortune and wealth.

In Russia, mandarin oranges are traditionally used as Christmas tree and New Year tree decorations.

For Russian New Year celebrations, mandarin oranges are practically a necessity. In Soviet times, mandarin oranges were difficult to come by. The small citrus was so scarce that they were served on the Soviets’ tables only once a year, during the New Year holiday. Soon the aromatic scent and sweet flavor of mandarin oranges became associated with the New Year holiday.

Meet The New Owners of Placer County’s S and J Mandarin Grove

S and J Mandarin Blog As of March 2017, Steve and Denette Cook are the proud new owners of S and J Mandarin Grove. We met Steve and June on New Year’s Eve and our friendship blossomed quickly! We loved their organic mandarins and the beauty of the mandarin farm and...

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When Is Mandarin Season?

When Is Mandarin Season?

S and J Mandarin Blog

When Is Mandarin Season?

Different varieties of mandarin oranges ripen at different times of the year, with most ripening in the late fall and winter. Satsuma mandarins for example, ripen early in the mandarin season and Clementine mandarins ripen late in the season.

Mandarin season usually runs from mid-November through early February, bringing the taste of summer sunshine to the cold, drab winter months.

In Placer County, mandarins become ripe around the third week in November just in time for the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival and Thanksgiving. Mandarins are a gorgeous and healthy addition to all the traditional Thanksgiving Day snacks and treats.

Throughout the entire mandarin season, you can find us at our orchard daily and at the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ Market on Sundays, located in the State Parking Lot at 8th and W Streets under the freeway in downtown Sacramento from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. But due to high demand, we usually finish shipping mandarins across the US by the end of December.

If you don’t want to wait until mandarin season begins to buy your very own bag or box of sweet, seedless, organic mandarins, you’re in luck!

We often begin accepting orders as early as August each year, which means you don’t have to worry about us selling out before you place your order! If you want to buy our sweet, seedless, organic mandarins this year, there are several ways you can buy:

If you’re in the greater Sacramento or Placer County area, you can visit us at our orchard or our table at the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ Market — we would love to meet you!

If you live far away or want to give mandarins as a gift, you can order mandarins online and ship a box or two or five anywhere in the US (details below).

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, you can download our mandarin order form, print it, fill it out completely, and mail it to us with your payment.

If you’re not technical, you don’t want to order online or download the form, just give us a call we’re happy to take your order over the phone.

Mandarin Shipping Details

All orders will be promptly shipped via US Priority Mail (2-3 days). Shipping dates may vary due to Mother Nature and unpredictable weather, as we only pick our mandarins when they are ripe and ready to eat!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 916-663-3310 or email us.

Thank you for your business!
S & J Mandarin Grove

Meet The New Owners of Placer County’s S and J Mandarin Grove

S and J Mandarin Blog As of March 2017, Steve and Denette Cook are the proud new owners of S and J Mandarin Grove. We met Steve and June on New Year’s Eve and our friendship blossomed quickly! We loved their organic mandarins and the beauty of the mandarin farm and...

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How Long Will My Mandarin Oranges Stay Fresh?

S and J Mandarin Blog How Long Will My Mandarin Oranges Stay Fresh? S and J Mandarins are fresh citrus fruit picked at the peak of ripeness. They will typically last up to 1-2 weeks when kept in a cool dry place in a single layer. If you haven’t eaten all of your...

When Is Mandarin Season?

S and J Mandarin Blog When Is Mandarin Season? Different varieties of mandarin oranges ripen at different times of the year, with most ripening in the late fall and winter. Satsuma mandarins for example, ripen early in the mandarin season and Clementine mandarins...

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145 Uncle Joes Lane, Newcastle, California,

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916-663-3310

Email Us

steve@sandjmandarins.com