People who eat seasonally often extol the abundance of summer as the epitome of the fruit and vegetable season. Sure, summer has it's stars: tomatoes, berries, peaches, summer squash. But when it comes down to it, there are some gems of the other seasons that I wouldn't give up for the world.
In the past couple of weeks, one of my biggest addictions of the year came into season: Satsuma mandarins.
Mandarins can be found all over the city -- you can find organic and local mandarins at farmers' markets around town, and less local but cheaper mandarins at Chinese groceries throughout the city. Satsumas come into the market yearly around Thanksgiving and their peak season lasts around five weeks.
At the peak of the season, Satsuma mandarins are easy to peel and segment, each piece bursting with a sweet full-flavored juice balanced with just the right amount of acid to create a delicious snack - I often eat several in one sitting, and about five pounds a week when they are in season.