Northern California Satsuma Season Ends Early
Heavy sustained rains north of Sacramento and not enough wind between rains to dry out the fruit has led our northern growers to call an early end to the Satsuma Mandarins season. Mature fruit still on the tree is susceptible to damage from the beating of the rain and absorption of water. Side Hill Citrus in Lincoln and Capay Satsuma in Orland will continue to sell at their local farmers markets, but we all agree that fruit not purchased for immediate consumption is prone to break down faster and will have a shorter shelf life.
On the positive side, we have a good inventory of N. California fruit that was picked before the rain and expected to last into next week. We will also continue to see Satsuma Mandarins coming out of Southern California into January.