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Side Hill Satsuma Season Is Here

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Every year Earl’s employees and customers eagerly await the arrival of  Side Hill Citrus Satsuma Mandarins. The sweet flavor with the perfect balance of acidity is unrivaled.


Earl Herrick heralds in the start of the Side Hill Satsuma season

Fourth generation farmer Rich Ferreira is growing over 2,000 organic Satsuma Mandarin trees in Lincoln, CA, about 35 minutes Northeast of Sacramento. The combination of a higher elevation of 600 feet, nutrient filled organic clay soil, warm summer days and cool nights bring out the delicious flavor in Rich’s Satsumas. Easy to peel with no sticky mess and virtually no seeds, add one to your children’s lunchbox and don’t forget to give yourself a few to snack on during the day. Citrus is a good source of  vitamin C but did you know that eating  four or five Satsumas a day delivers six to seven times as much synephrine, a natural decongestant, as other citrus?  The short season has been known to last until the beginning of January but as with all produce, it is weather dependent.

Satsuma tree cropped

Side Hill Citrus Lincoln, California

On November 20-22, the Satsuma Mandarin growers in the Sacramento Foothills celebrate this delicious fruit with the ever popular Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn, CA.  Enjoy cooking demonstrations, food and local entertainment at this fun event for the whole family.

I’ll leave you with a few of our favorite Satsuma beverages. Feeling under the weather? Try a Satsuma Ginger Tea, a favorite of Earl’s sales associate, Brian Gordon.  If you are looking for a few fun cocktails for your holiday party look no further. Click here for a few of our employee favorites. 

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