Itâ€™s Mandarin season is here and this year they are extra good. We had a long spell of dry weather when they weâ€™re ripening and that may have helped in the flavor. The larger trees in the background are Washington Navel Oranges, which will be ripe in another month or so. The mandarins are Owari Satsumaâ€™s, also known as â€œzipper skinâ€. The skin will peel off in one fell swoop, plus few if any seeds!
At about 1400 foot elevation its one of the higher elevation citrus groves in the foothills. Itâ€™s located at Gold Hill, which I drive by on the way to work each day. Its self-serve, you leave the money in a slot by the door and take your bag of fruit.