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Mandarins in the Öko-Test: Six tips to tell if the fruit is fresh

2022-11-30T10:22:28.802Z

Mandarins in the Öko-Test: Six tips to tell if the fruit is fresh Created: 2022-11-30Updated: 2022-11-30 11:18 am By: Stella Henrich They taste wonderfully sweet, the orange fruits. But they can also be dry and woody. You can find out here from us how consumers recognize fresh mandarins in the supermarket. Munich - When you peel them, they smell fresh. Its scent reminds you that the Christmas



Mandarins in the Öko-Test: Six tips to tell if the fruit is fresh

Created: 2022-11-30Updated: 2022-11-30 11:18 am

By: Stella Henrich

They taste wonderfully sweet, the orange fruits.

But they can also be dry and woody.

You can find out here from us how consumers recognize fresh mandarins in the supermarket.

Munich - When you peel them, they smell fresh.

Its scent reminds you that the Christmas season has arrived.

The customer immediately feels like biting into the juicy fruit.

But then the disappointment.

Too many pits, the pulp of the citrus fruit is too dry, tastes a little woody.

No real pleasure for the palate and tongue.

The customer quickly gets annoyed about the two to five euros he spent on a bag of tangerines in the supermarket.

There are several ways for customers to test the fruit before they buy it in the market before they end up in their shopping basket.

The consumer magazine Öko-Test has

six useful recommendations for buying tangerines

.

  • Tip 1:

    If the tangerine  feels

    suspiciously

    light

    in your hand  , customers should leave it in the store.

    Because the longer the fruit has been harvested, the more juice evaporates and the lighter the fruit is.

  • Tip 2: 

    If you

    feel air between the skin and the fruit

    , you should know that this is a sign that the tangerine is no longer quite fresh.

  • Tip 3: 

    Tangerines should be nice and plump and

    not yield to light pressure

    .

  • Tip 4: 

    If the 

    stalk of the fruit is

    light and looks fresh, that 's

    a good sign according to

    Öko-Test .

    If the stalk turns brown when eaten, this indicates that the citrus fruit was harvested some time ago.

  • Tip 5: 

    Consumers should generally not buy

    tangerines with mushy or brown

    spots on the skin .

    Most of them should no longer taste good.

  • Tip 6:

    If the fruit still has

    green leaves

    on the stem ,

    this is often a sign of fresh fruit.

Juicy tangerines are usually a lucky buy.

It is best for the customer to buy them at the weekly market.

Because here he can taste the citrus fruit in advance.

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Many buyers of tangerine bags in supermarkets such as Rewe, Edeka and Kaufland should have had this experience as well.

The net looks good, the fruit smells wonderful and the round little citrus fruits feel good when pressure tested.

The bag costs just 1.99 euros.

A lucrative offer for the customer.

But be careful: "Conventional fruits can contain pesticides in the skin," warn consumer advocates.

And recommend organic tangerines.

This applies above all if consumers want to continue using the trays.

For example, to prepare a delicious Christmas stollen, a tangerine cake without baking or to garnish pretty biscuits for Christmas Eve.

The trick for peeling the fruit: How to do it

Peel the tangerine from the top and bottom so that only a narrow strip of peel remains in the middle - this must be wide enough, because it is important for the success of the trick.

Separate the strip slightly at one point.

Carefully unroll the tangerines.

The individual segments usually detach easily from each other, with some you have to help with your finger.

So it can make sense to buy the fruit at a weekly market or in a fruit and vegetable shop.

Not only because customers are often allowed to try the sweet and sour, orange-colored tangerines there in advance.

Then the consumer also knows where the citrus product comes from.

Because the fruits in the supermarket often have a long journey behind them, coming from South America or China.

Öko-Test therefore advises consumers to “prefer to use European goods”.

Spanish fruits such as "oranges from Valencia" are now world-famous.

But mandarins are also grown there.

After China, Spain is the world's largest producer of mandarins, several thousand tons of the popular winter fruit are exported, the main customer within the EU is Germany.

It may be advisable to pay attention to the leaf on the fruit when buying.

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Source: merkur

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