December 27, 2012

The satsuma is a thin-skinned, cold-tolerant citrus.  Originally from Japan, the satsuma gets its name from the Satsuma province though it is not particular to that location.

The thin skin of the satsuma peels easily away from the fruit.  The skin is so thin that a visual inspection is all that is needed to detect any injury to the flesh inside.  Such injuries are common; the satsuma does not travel well.

Of the citruses, only the kumquat is more cold tolerant.

Satsumas can be found in gulf Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas.  Each state also has a town named after the fruit.

New Orleans also hosts a Satsuma Cafe.

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