Juicy, sweet and packed full of Vi­ta­min C – En­core Man­darins are the per­fect snack this sum­mer!

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“The most re­ward­ing part is pro­duc­ing top-qual­ity fruit that’s 100 per­cent Kiwi.” - Ja­son Gal­loway, Grower, First Fresh.

Ripened un­der the rays of the first place to see the sun, Gis­borne-grown En­core Man­darins are of­fi­cially in sea­son. Grower Ja­son Gal­loway is hugely proud of the En­core Man­darins he’s grown on his prop­erty in sunny Gis­borne for the past 14 years. “Be­ing out­side in the sun­shine, grow­ing fruit that’s ab­sorb­ing all the great Gizzy rays is what it’s all about,” he says.

Love lo­cal

“When you buy En­core Man­darins you’re sup­port­ing lo­cal grow­ers who work through­out the sum­mer to bring Ki­wis top qual­ity man­darins from Gis­borne,” he says. Ac­cord­ing to Ja­son, man­darins are the trick­i­est cit­rus to grow. “They spend 12-14 months on the tree to grow and ripen, which is a long time to be ex­posed to the nat­u­ral el­e­ments.”

Juicy stuff

Grown com­mer­cially only in the Gis­borne re­gion, En­core Man­darins are unique, with a flavour pro­file that sets them apart from the rest, says Ja­son. “Aro­matic and juicy, they’re one of the sweet­est things around!” Ja­son reck­ons th­ese minia­ture bun­dles of sweet, juicy good­ness make a su­per con­ve­nient on-the-go snack, healthy lunch­box filler or tasty ad­di­tion to sal­ads and desserts. Easy to peel, they also freeze well and make de­li­cious ice cubes for re­fresh­ing sum­mer drinks.

Healthy choice

Low in fat and rich in vi­ta­min A, Band C, plus min­er­als such as iron, mag­ne­sium, potas­sium and cal­cium, En­core Man­darins boast a high fi­bre con­tent of 14 per­cent. The fact that man­darins come with their own pro­tec­tive layer means a better shelf life com­pared to other sum­mer fruits – and ex­cel­lent value for money. Make your sum­mer sweet and healthy – get some Gizzy En­core Man­darins at your lo­cal fruit shop or su­per­mar­ket today.

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