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Sat October 3, 2009
New Orleans, LA – Who would have thought that without the Society of Jesus, we'd probably not be enjoying satsumas in Greater New Orleans? Let me explain, when the Jesuits arrived here at the start of the 18th century, they also brought with them citrus plants from Asia - including the iconic, loose skinned, seedless tangerine from Satsuma in Japan us locals adore - the Satsuma. Jesuits planted orchards along the banks of the Mississippi River - a practice that continues in Plaquemines Parish (and near Jesuit Bend). With favorable spring and summer weather behind us, satsumas are arriving at farmers markets now. Word has it that it will be a long season with quality fruits. Visit WWNO.org to find Louisiana citrus at local farmers markets.