Mandarin oranges are small tangerines with red-orange skin and sweet, juicy flesh. They originated in China; today, the major mandarin producers are Spain, Brazil and Japan. Mandarins are available in several varieties including Satsuma, Clementine and Emperor. When mandarin oranges come into season, you may purchase these tasty fruits for snacks or healthy desserts. Store the mandarins safely and properly to avoid spoilage and prolong shelf life.
Store fresh mandarins at room temperature in a fruit bowl or open platter. They will last about one week before beginning to spoil.
Place the mandarins in a cool, dry location such as a cold cellar or outdoor garage to prolong their shelf life. Storing the fruit in a cool location will extend the shelf life by about one week.
Peel the mandarins and remove the membrane and seeds. The membrane is the thin, translucent skin that covers each orange section.
Place mandarin segments into a plastic freezer storage container and place in the freezer. Fruit loses some flavor and changes texture during the freezing process but this technique is useful for storing fruit for future cooking, baking or canning.