Mandarin plantings, production and value have grown substantially in recent years, landing the citrus fruit on the top 10 for Fresno County crop value for the first time.
The fruit, which originated in China and Southeast Asia and is an improved version of the tangerine, has a deep orange-red color and easy-to-peel skin. It hit the 9 spot on the top 10 valued-crops in the recently–released 2015 Fresno County Crop Report.
Gross value of mandarins more than doubled to $153.8 million compared to $72.8 million in 2014.
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