Saturday, 7 February 2009


mini honey mandarins: intensely sweet and full of flavour!a mini honey mandarin can be as small as a quarter (that's one of the new Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics quarters there) up to about the size of a Loonie ($1 coin)

At local Asian markets, the Mini Honey Mandarins (a.k.a. Sugar Mandarins, Mini Mandarins, Mini Sweet Mandarins) are here. While at Aberdeen Mall, I purchased a huge bag of these little sugar bombs for the kids because they love them! They are just as easy to peel as the regular Japanese mandarins, but are so small that you can fit 4 or 5 in your hand. The kids love them just because they're tiny, cute and super-sweet.

I saw them again at Kin's Market for $1.29/lb and bought a gargantuan bag. These were even tinier than the ones I purchased at the Aberdeen market, but not as sweet. In my own experience, I have found that the darker orange the little Sugar Mandarins, the more intensely sweet and full of orangey-flavour they are. Size has nothing to do with sweetness, I guess.

because they're so small, you can easily eat a dozen at a sitting.

Mini Honey Mandarins make for fantastic snacks and are perfect for kids' lunch bags. My kindergartener can eat 3 for a snack at school and has at one time eaten 8 at one sitting. My 2 year old, who has a heartier appetite can eat about the same as her big sister! I'm limiting myself to 1 a day because I'm watching my sugar intake !


Sara said...

Those are really tiny! I'm enjoying all the winter citrus that's been in the stores lately. Last night I made a fruit salad of grapefruit, navel orange and kumquats.

Girl Japan said...

I bought a whole box of these and oh.. after one, you just can't stop!

Snooky doodle said...

How cute! I ve never seen these. Wish to taste them :)

Donna-FFW said...

I would so love to try these, they look soooo delicious! Healthy, colorful, tiny, delicious!

Elra said...

Wow, those are really tiny. Never seen them here, yet. I have Satsuma mandarine trees in my backyard, their fruit are tinier then the one you get from the market, but not as tiny as the one that you've discovered.

Selba said...

Love these mini honey mandarins, always have them during Chinese New Year :)

Cakebrain said...

You always eat so well...and a citrus salad indeed sounds good right now!
Girl Japan,
You're so lucky to be able to get these tiny mandarins close to the source!
Since they're from Asia, maybe your local Asian market might have them? I'm sure they're so good they'll be finding their way around the globe soon!
They do look long as you don't overdo it!:)
You are lucky to have citrus growing in your backyard! I'm so jealous!
You probably get these a lot fresher and cheaper than me since you're living closer to the source! Lucky you!

Y said...

Adorable! Wish I could get my hands on some - would love to make a dessert with them :)

Kevin said...

Those are small!

Cakebrain said...

Knowing you, I think you'd do some amazingly mind-blowing dessert!
they're bite-sized! :)

minisuperbias said...

I think they're what we call Clementines in the US. Aren't they absolutely yumm!

Pinky said...

Why is it tiny things are so irresistibly precious? Very cute

persephonesawakening said...

I bought these at the Superstore last night and my co-workers were interested in more info on them. Thanks for sharing!


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