Our farm, Westview Growers, is located in Newcastle, California. Newcastle is famous for high quality tree ripened, “mountain mandarin” oranges. Our foothill elevation creates a sweet, flavorful, and delicious mandarin. Only our ripest mandarins are picked each day.
Our mandarins are seedless and so easily peeled that some call them “zipper skins”. Young children especially enjoy them. They can peel, segment, and eat them without adult help. Both the young and young at heart enjoy the “fruit of kings”. Boxes of mandarins make excellent holiday gifts for family, friends, clients, and employees.
As in oranges, mandarins are very low (53 calories/100 g) in calories. Nevertheless, they are valuable sources of flavonoid anti-oxidants like naringenin, naringin, hesperetin, vitamin A, carotenes, xanthins and luteins; in fact, several times higher than in the oranges.
In addition, the citrus fruits are very rich sources of vitamin-C (ascorbic acid), a water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin-C is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant, which has many essential roles like collagen synthesis, wound healing, anti-viral, anti-cancer activity, and help prevent from neuro-degenerative diseases, arthritis, and cold/fever…etc., by removing oxidant-free radicals from the body. Vitamin C helps absorb iron in the food by reducing ferrous form of the iron elements to ferric form in the gut.
Further, they contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber like hemi-cellulose, pectin…etc., which prevents cholesterol absorption in the gut. Adequate fiber in the food aids in smooth bowel movements by acting as a laxative.
Citrus fruits, as such, have long been valued for their wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. It is scientifically established that citrus fruits, especially oranges, by virtue of their richness in vitamins and minerals, have many proven health benefits. Moreover, it is now beginning to be appreciated that the other biologically active, non-nutrient compounds found in citrus fruits such as phyto-chemical antioxidants; soluble and insoluble dietary fiber is helpful in reduction in the risk for cancers, many chronic diseases like arthritis, and from obesity and coronary heart diseases.[/ultimate_modal]
Our mandarins ripen mid-November through mid-January. In addition to shipments, our mandarins can be purchased at our store, Blue Goose Produce. Each year we also have a booth at the Mountain Mandarin Festival located in Auburn, California. The festival is held the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. If you can’t visit us at our store or the festival, we gladly accept phone and internet orders.