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Ever Seen One of These Before? I Hadn’t Until The Other Day – An Organic Gold Nugget Mandarin

Ever Seen One of These Before? I Hadn't Until The Other Day - An Organic Gold Nugget Mandarin

When I was in my local organic market the other day, a handful of unconventionally-looking oranges were sitting in a back shelf. I had never seen anything that look like these and then asked the guy working there a question. “Do you these come like this?” “Yes,” he said. As it turns out, these are […]

Fruit Product Reviews

When I was in my local organic market the other day, a handful of unconventionally-looking oranges were sitting in a back shelf.

I had never seen anything that look like these and then asked the guy working there a question.

“Do you these come like this?”

“Yes,” he said.

As it turns out, these are organic gold nugget mandarins (or tangerines).

The few key attributes of the organic gold nugget mandarin are:

– It has a rich, sweet taste.

– It is seedless.

– It is very easy to peel.

– It is bigger in size than a traditional tangerine.


Many people on the West Coast are probably very familiar with the gold nugget mandarin but this was something new to me. If you see it your local market, give it a try and let me know what  you think.



  • Ray Espinoza says:

    By far the Best Mandarin I have ever tasted. Only bad thing is that I cannot get a tree shipped to Texas. I would love to have my own tree.

  • Inayat says:

    My wife bought some gold nugget mandarins/tangerines which looked strange (bumpy texture). I reluctantly tried one as it looked dry when I peeled it. Well, I just could not stop eating those as these taste so good like no other oranges I tasted before. I ate 20 of these in 2 days (yes, that’s correct). We have some fruit trees and I immediately started shopping for this tree.

    Question/need help: I called local nursery to check if they have this tree. They said they have this tree – but not sure if that’s GN Mandarin or Tangerine. Can someone help me understand the difference between these? Does one taste better than the other?
    Thank you!

  • Raleigh says:

    I just purchased a bag and they are juicy and satisfying. The only complaint is that it is hybrid and a giveaway is no seeds.

  • kenneth bruce says:

    I was disappointed with the dryness,excessive seeds & general Inconsistency of the Imperial mandarins that I’d been buying,so I thought I’d try the gold nugget variety.
    Gold nugget mandarins are so nice.
    There’s no seeds In them,the flesh Is flavorsome,juicy & delightful & they peel nicely.
    They’re perfect In every way.
    I can’t see myself going back to Imperial mandarins,or buying any other type of mandarin ever again.

  • joe spagnoletti says:

    where can i purchase one of these trees to plant and what is the cost

    • Marcia Owyang says:

      We got one at Home Depot. They seem to sell fruit trees seasonally. It was $25. Ours has been planted for 3 years and this year, a very large crop. The fruit is small but very good.

  • Karen Waxman says:

    Wonderful!! I love these yummy yummy tangerines! The best I ever had. I live in the Denver area.

  • Binnie says:

    New to our super market. Try them , they are very good.Sold out fast.

  • Jim Mulholland says:

    Saw these at my local Albertsons in Kuna, ID. Not far from Boise. Very weird looking, like a fruit way passed its prime. Googled it and figured I’d take a shot. Not disappointed in the least. Easiest to peel orange I’ve ever purchased, like the peel was barely attached to the fruit inside. While removing the white strands from the fruit the sections started separating. Each section was unbelievably juicy and the perfect sweetness.

  • Delores says:

    Saw them for the first time and said what the heck. You can not go by the looks for they are so yummy, sweet and went back for more and they were sold out. Try will not regret it. Fairfax,Va.

  • Dana Northern says:

    Tried one today. Very deeelish! Also bought on a whim. Ugly skin. Didn’t even ask price. Had to try awesome!!!!

    • Billie Simmons says:

      I demo these yesterday. They went very well. Con siding the price.

      My my favorite saying to the customers was you heard that old saying can’t judge a book by it’s cover. These Gold Nugget Mandarin are a fine example of that. This comment is coming from Lubbock, Texas

  • Lori Trueman says:

    I saw these yesterday for the first time and asked the produce manager what it was. He said it was a Gold Nugget mandarin orange. He also said it would be the best orange I ever ate. Well, he was absolutely correct!! They are so sweet, juice and very easy to peel. Delicious. ☺

    • Sharon Simmons says:

      I was at the grocery store the other day, stopped spoke to another shopper in passing while standing by the oranges. She said excitedly oh Gold Nuggets, love these. Curious I asked why and she explained. Purchased a couple and went back to store and purchased what was left of stores supply. Now I’ll always be excited when I see them too.

  • jerolyn says:

    I just tried these for the first time. Here in southern utah. they are very good. I was surprised. I tasted a pixie tangerine, a puffy orange and a gold nugget mandarin and the gold nugget was by far the best out of the three. Hopefully the store I work for will get them as long as we can.

  • Scott Rowland says:

    What stores besides Kroger because that’s where I normally get them but sold out like u said.

  • Lisa Conley says:

    Just discovered these beauties recently here in NH. Love them. Easy to peel is wonderful since my fingers are arthritic. Delicious also!

  • Louise Soweski says:

    This is the first time I have seen these tangerines, I tried them and they are delicious! I bought 20 tangerines. I’m going back tomorrow to buy somemore. I live on the east coast, keep sending them! Thank you!

  • ken says:

    correction, it is a tangerine. mandarin and tangerine is the same thing. people started using mandarin as a buzz word when the tiny japanese variety became popular in the states. its a buzzword and people prefer the term mandarin because it sounds more exotic. the nurseries around here all call them mandarins now even though the same trees they used to call tangerines back in the 90s.

  • Fco Javier del pino says:

    Me gustaria saber si esta variedad es vecera y si lo es si es mucho.

  • Cristi Brown says:

    I found these last year at our local Krogers. They were definitely the best citrus I have ever had, even better than my fav Texas oranges! I have not been able to find them this year, but after reading these posts, maybe it’s still a little early.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Cristi,

      I loved them myself as well. You’ll have to speak with your local produce department to find out if that is indeed the case.

      Live well,

  • Mike says:

    Hi Guys-

    We are growers of Gold Nugget Mandarins in California. We will start harvesting in late March of next year. Let us know if you would like more shipped to your area. They always sell out really fast. They are by far one of the very best tasting pieces of citrus on the market today.



    • Max Goldberg says:

      Thanks Mike.

    • James says:

      My mom lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been growing Satsuma Mandarins for 45 years. I’ve always thought they were the best citrus I’ve ever tasted. But I believe these Gold Nugget may be as good if not better. Being able to buy them in the store here in Utah is great. Maybe I won’t need mom to ship me the Satsuma every year, as she has in the past. If they are like the Satsuma, the Gold Nugget must have a short growing season. I’m surprised to find them available this late in the season.

    • Sharon Simmons says:

      Absolutely Mike I live in Maryland. I would buy at least a case.

  • stephanie haughey says:

    Hello Max,

    Very popular. We sold out in three days and I don’t think we will be able
    to get another shipment per our produce team.

    All the best,

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      I am not surprised it sold out so quickly. They are fantastic!! Thanks for the update.

      Live well,

  • stephanie haughey says:

    I love them, Max
    and we are selling them in my local store.

    All the best,

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