“It took a while to get Lil Snappers off the ground, but that was partly because we wanted to time it to the crop,” Wong said. “It’s taken on a life of its own, though. It does move smaller oranges, but it’s also a way to introduce varieties to kids who ordinarily wouldn’t have sampled them, like blood oranges and cara cara.”
Bob Blakely, director of industry relations at California Citrus Mutual, expected mandarins to wrap in late April or May.
Mandarins, too, trended to smaller fruit sizes. But unlike with navels, younger trees coming into production did much to make up the slack.