Mandarins, Lunchbox

Neil and Tanya Richards

Imperial MandarinsNeil and Tanya Richards run the Big Orange at Gayndah, selling their super fresh citrus to tourists, as well as to Food Connect. They purchased much of the attached farm from Eric Sturgess who supplied Food Connect for many years but has scaled back. Neil and Tanya are committed to turning the farm over to fully organic methods, a process which Eric had started. There are no fungicides, insecticides, wax dips used on Neil's fruit. He picks each week only when the fruit are tree ripened, and does not artificially alter the colour in ripening rooms so you may notice some green patches which do not indicate ripeness.The imperial mandarins are sweet with a great tang, have a loose skin that gets puffier and looser as the season goes on, and are an absolute favourite with kids.Lunchbox Mandarins are perfect for smaller appetites.

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