Mandarines

Discussion in 'Geek Food' started by AngelMoo, Jul 16, 2010.

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How pedantic are you when eating mandarines?

  1. Just peel the skin, eat all the white stuff

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  2. Peel the skin and some of the white stuff

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  3. Have to peel off every bit of white stuff

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  4. Have to peel off all the white stuff AND the segment skin

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  5. I'm a freak who doesn't love mandarines

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  6. buttons, buttons BUTTONS!!!! must click something!!

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  1. AngelMoo

    AngelMoo Member

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    Love mandarines, hate the white stuff and have to pick it all off before eating - who's with me!


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  2. itachi46

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    the white stuff? i dont bother but the insane amount of seeds in the seedless one is just mind boggling.
     
  3. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I'm with you half and half.....I love mandarins but happy to eat the white stuff on them.
     
  4. Dorz

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    peel it, eat the bloody thing. HAS to be good for you :D
     
  5. Rational

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    I eat all of the white stuff on the fruit itself and then proceed to attempt to eat as much of the white stuff on the inside of the mandarin peel. The white stuff is called pith by the way.
     
  6. grimninja

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    I peel pretty much all the white stuff off. Idk why i have since i was 3 when i started loving to eat them. Mum always looked at me strangely but i always preferred spending extra few minutes peeling all the white stuff off.
     
  7. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I can't be buggered spending 5 minutes cleaning a mandarin to perfection.
     
  8. Scandrew

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    I peel 80% of the white stuff off.

    I like the small seedless mandarins that I can stuff in to my mouth whole :eek:
     
  9. Andrew357

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    They make seedless mandarines? :eek:
     
  10. HUMMER

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    not that i know off but i find that if the mandarine is small enough it is practically if not completely seedless.
     
  11. bobdobbs

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    I get seedless ones all the time in nz, have nice easy to peel skin on em also.. pretty sure they had them when I lived in aus..
     
  12. whiteboy

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    I just eat the whole thing and the seeds if i have to.

    Also, Mandarines kick ass in a Taco with a small amount of lime juice squeezed over.
     
  13. none_so_vile

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    I spend more time peeling the white stuff off than actually eating it but it's more of a habit now I just like doing it.
     
  14. mevereyn

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    Time for a pithy retort?

    I just eat the damn things. Except, yeah, the peel.
     
  15. Pepito

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    Of course.

    About half the time I get mandarines they are seedless. :)
     
  16. Floft

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    the white stuff is good, heaps of fibre!

    though I peel it off, at least the big chunky pieces.
     
  17. Sandez

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    They're also good in a salad.
     
  18. NanoDuke

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    I completely deconstruct mandarins, especially if they're nice and ripe.

    Take the orange skin off, peel apart segments, peel thin white layer off segments, push out seed (if applicable) followed by pulling out the individual cells if it's a good piece of fruit.
     
  19. juf

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    I peel the skin off and I run a knife around the circumference so it is easier to chew on.


    I grab the mandarin and make an ongoing incision for the full circumference.
     
  20. Albinus

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    Oh boy I get asked this all the time at work :)

    Mandarins have different qualities; different amounts of seeds and different remaining amounts of segment membranes. My two cents:

    Imperial: Early season, easy to peel due to wrinkled skin (those without wrinkled skin are harder to peel and not as sweet). Quite sweet, especially after a frost. Moderate amount of seeds.

    Freemont: Early season, harder to peel due to smoother skin, not quite as sweet but less seeds.

    Hickson: Mid season variety, sweet, popular, moderate amount of seeds and not too hard to peel.

    Honey Murcott: Late season variety, very sweet, can be harder to peel, but loads of seeds making this unpopular amongst kids.

    Afourer: Very similar to the Honey Murcott in taste, minus the seeds. Some growers are ripping their Murcott trees out to plant Afourer. Also known as a Clementine in the US.

    As for the segment membranes, they don't taste too bad in mandarins. Grapefruit on the other hand have very bitter membranes that need to be removed for a sweeter taste.
     

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