Satsumas are related to Clementine, tangerines, and other citrus fruits and are various mandarin oranges. Satsuma has soft and flexible skin and has a puffy look and feel. This citrus fruit grows in Northern California and Southeastern US and is found in late October until the end of December.
Satsumas are considered the juiciest of the mandarin family, with an incredible balance of sweet and tart flavor. Due to their juicy flavor, they are used to enhance the flavor or many recipes, also can be added to fruit cocktails and juices.
How to Store Satsuma
When you see freshly picked satsumas in the fruit aisle of the grocery store, you know that the citrus fruit welcomes winter by spreading its sweet and juicy aroma. Most of the time, you cannot help but pick an extra amount of Satsuma to savor all along with the winter. Under these circumstances, you must know how to store your fruit to keep it fresh and healthy for you to eat.
Some of the important points to keep in mind before picking and storing Satsuma are stated under this section.
Selection Of Fruit
You need to get the best quality of Satsuma you can to prolong the shelf life of citrus fruit. Make sure the fruit is fully ripe, as citrus fruits do not ripen after they are picked. Look for Satsuma that has tight and firm peels and is free from dented spots. The heavier the Satsuma, the juicier it is. If you find Satsuma with fresh leaves and twigs attached to it, you better grab it as it indicates careful picking and handling.
Keep At Room Temperature
Fresh Satsuma bought from the market can be kept on the counter for about a week. Make sure you keep the fruit basket away from heat sources. This way, the citrus fruit is juicier and tastier as compared to the ones refrigerated.
Keep Inside The Fridge
A bulk quantity of satsumas cannot be left at the counter, as it is unlikely to be consumed within a week, and the remaining ones could start to go bad after that. Citrus fruits do not need to be suffocated before keeping them in the refrigerator. Keep the fresh satsumas in a plastic bag with holes in it to allow the required airflow to prevent mold growth.
Can You Freeze Satsuma
Satsuma cannot be frozen as a whole; it becomes bitter and loses its flavor if stored like this. Instead, you can peel Satsuma and segment them before storing them in a freezer bag inside the freezer. You can also cover the segments in sugar and water solution before freezing.
Sliced or quartered satsumas can be stored in the ice cube tray covered with hot water; these can be used for juices and cocktails later on. If you want to store Satsuma for longer than a few months, you can freeze the juice and zest separately from each other.
How Long Does Satsuma Last
When you bring home a bunch of Satsuma fruit, you wonder how long you will be able to enjoy its bittersweet taste. The answer to this question lies in the storage methods you adopt for your citrus fruit. When kept on the counter, you can enjoy fresh Satsuma at room temperature for 5 to 7 days until it is finished. If you still have leftovers, you can keep them inside the fridge to extend their shelf life.
Although Satsuma begins to dry out more quickly when kept in the refrigerator, it is still edible and good to eat for 2 to 3 weeks when kept inside the refrigerator. When you freeze Satsuma in the form of segments covered in sugar and water syrup, it can last for three months inside the freezer. Satsuma juice and zest stored separately can last for 6 to 8 months in the freezer.
How To Tell If Satsuma Is Bad
It is important to check Satsumas for off signs once you are ready to eat them. A single glance should be enough to tell if the fruit is safe to eat or not. If everything seems alright, you are good to go, but it is best to avoid eating it if you have any slightest doubt.
Look for signs such as:
- Appearance: If Satsuma is soft to touch and feels lightweight, it means it has lost much of its water content and is not of good quality. Dark spots and blemishes can be removed by cutting off the infected areas if the fruit is not spoiled to the inside.
- Mold: Mold is an obvious warning sign; keep watch for mold and instantly remove the moldy part from the whole fruit.
- Odor: If the smell doesn’t remind you of the fresh Satsuma, it’s no good to eat.