In Season – Ojai Pixie Tangerines!
posted on March 8th, 2016 by Keith Tsuchiyama
As my friend George says to me almost every day during Pixie season, “Sweet, petite, and easy to eat… tastes like sunshine. The one and only Pixie tangerine!” Now, I’m not sure where he came up with his catch phrase, but I do have to admit, he’s definitely on to something.
Ojai Pixie tangerines are now in stores! Bristol Farms is proud to offer this sweet variety of locally grown tangerines from the Ojai Valley. Savor the tasty, delicate treat of tree-ripened fruit bursting with sunshine-sweet flavor and juice.
The Pixie tangerine is a uniquely sweet and delicious variety that requires a bit of knowledge and experience to grow well. The Ojai Pixie Growers Association was formed to share information about growing this finicky crop. Tips on everything from pruning, fertilizing, harvesting, selling, and cooking with Ojai Pixies are shared among members to improve their crops year after year.
In 1979 there were two Pixie trees in the Ojai Valley. Today the Pixie Growers Association consists of forty-eight farms, worked by forty-four farming families, tending 27,000 trees that produce some of the most flavorful fruit in the world.
This seedless variety is the result of open pollination of Kincy, King and Dancy mandarins. Pixie trees bear small to medium-sized fruit. They have a pebbly texture, yellow-orange rinds with semi-loose skins, perfect for easy peeling. The segments separate neatly for a quick snack, making them a great choice for eating out of hand.
For the juiciest, sweetest fruit, look for Ojai Pixie tangerines with a sweet, clean fragrance. Store at cool room temperatures for up to one week or refrigerate for up to two weeks. Make sure to peel your Ojai Pixie tangerines before use. Five medium-sized Pixie Tangerines equal approximately one pound.
So drop me a line, tell me your thoughts. I think you’ll agree with me and George. Pixie tangerines are one of the most flavorful, sweetest gems of “sunshine” on the market today.
Enjoy this informational video below on the Pixie Tangerine: