Ripe mandarins on the tree closeup, citrus orchard

Mandarin sales in east coast markets helps South Australian Riverland growers

Mandarins are providing a much-needed source of income for citrus growers in South Australia amid a tough season.

With flooding affecting many areas on the east coast, mandarins from the Riverland region have been filling supermarket shelves across the country.

Venus Citrus managing director Helen Aggeletos said demand had been outstripping supply.

“Mandarin volumes in general have been lower this year, both from Queensland and in the southern states as well, except for the Afourer variety,” she said.

“Basically we’re packing as much as we can.