Kagawa prefecture products

Unshu Mandarin Oranges

Photograph of mandarin orange

Unshu Mandarin Oranges from Kagawa are sold year-round. Unshu Mandarin Oranges grown in greenhouses, known as “house mikan” are available from April to August. “Very early ripening” Unshu Mandarin Oranges are sold in October, while “early ripening” Unshu Mandarin Oranges are sold from November to December. Regular Unshu Mandarin Oranges are available from December to January, and Unshu Mandarin Oranges that have been put in storage become available from February to April. In fact, Kagawa was the first prefecture in Japan to grow Unshu Mandarin Oranges in greenhouses. By actively utilizing technologies such as “multi-drip irrigation”, which controls water levels to produce sweet Unshu Mandarin Oranges, and “fruit bagging”, which involves wrapping Unshu Mandarin Oranges in bags and leaving them to ripen on the tree, Kagawa makes improvements to tangerine cultivation every year.

Seasonal season
Time to go around Peak season (seasonal season)
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Main production area
Takamatsu, Shozu-gun, Sakaide, Zentsuji, Mitoyo, Kan-onji
  • Choose a Unshu Mandarin Oranges that is smooth and firm, with a deep color and thin peel. People also say, “the smaller the stem, the tastier the Unshu Mandarin Orange”. In Kagawa, Unshu Mandarin Oranges are sometimes pickled, or added to sushi. Unshu Mandarin Oranges are also wrapped in pounded rice cakes to make mikan mochi.

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