Avana Mandarins are a variety developed from a natural mutation discovered in Sicily last century. Like Imperials they are sweet and full of flavour, but usually larger and with a flat spherical shape. Luckily these ripen after Imperials, hence the Italian name "Tardivo", meaning they fill the gap between Imperials and Murcotts.
Neil 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.