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CityMatt Dec 4, 2009 07:12 AM

About 10-15 years ago, my parents used to get these cardboard boxes of oranges that were imported from Japan. Each orange was individually wrapped in green tissue, and I think the brand was called "Sun". The only store that seemed to carry them was A&P, though I'm not 100% sure about that.

I was wondering, does anyone know if these were/are satsuma oranges? Also, does anyone know where to get these oranges, or something like them, in Toronto?

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    Nyleve Dec 4, 2009 12:54 PM

    I loved those oranges too. Satsuma mandarines. They've been pretty much obliterated by the annual flood of Moroccan and Spanish clementines. Now I'm seeing some Chinese mandarines in cardboard boxes also but don't know if they're anywhere as good as the Japanese ones. Saw them at No Frills today, as a matter of fact.

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      swissmissy Dec 4, 2009 02:10 PM

      They had Satsuma oranges at the Summerhill Market today. I'm not sure of their pricing but they looked really nice!

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        LovelyAsia Dec 4, 2009 08:24 PM

        In Japan these are called Mikan, and while trying to search for an image of the current packaging, which are cardboard and have air slots, I found this page which reminded me that back when I was a little kid in the 60's these mandarines were packed in strong wooden crates - much stronger than the ones that clementines come in these days, and it was a complete crate - not just a base with netting on top - they were constructed to protect the fruit during the long trip from Japan..

        http://www.aitc.ca/bc/programs/snack-...

        I seem to remember seeing some at the Queens Quay Loblaws the last time I was there... but I find they just do not taste the same as I remember from childhood.

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          T Long Dec 5, 2009 08:44 AM

          Thx...I share this memory and agree that the exact taste from before is hard to capture. Is it the food itself or is it us changing? I have had the same experience with Delicious Apples from BC.

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            CityMatt Dec 7, 2009 08:53 AM

            Thanks for the link, and the possible source. Queens Quay is a bit of a hike, but I might give it a shot.

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            CityMatt Dec 7, 2009 08:52 AM

            Thanks! That's not far from me, so I'll definitely check it out!

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              LovelyAsia Dec 14, 2009 10:38 AM

              Update: My apologies, while the boxes looked similar, these are actually Mandarins from China, and while similar in taste they are not as sweet and delicate as the Satsuma Mikan from Japan... I guess the demand is not high enough here in the east, where in western Canada there would be less shipping involved. Still it is a change from the usual clementines and the mandarins are wrapped in paper.

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