I have picked a lemon, and with it / An orange and a (fragrant) mandarin.
Gathering with care these (precious) things, / And while gathering I said with care:
“Thou who art Queen of the sun and of the moon / And of the stars–lo! here I call to thee!
And with what power I have I conjure thee / To grant to me the favour I implore!
Aradia, by Charles G. Leland
Fresh, fragrant mandarins are precious, full of flavor, and full of power.
The magic lies in their peels—which are quite edible and contain potent anti-cancer properties (see links below).
Also called clementines and tangerines, these citrus fruits are fresh and sitting in grocery stores now.
If you have a high-speed blender, mix two whole mandarins (peel on) with a quarter cup cranberries (at this time of year, try frozen, not the packaged sugary snacks), a little raw honey and/or stevia, a quarter cup raw/soaked-in-salt-water pecans, and coconut butter. Blend. Mmmm! Add chia seeds if desired.
Taste the fragrance, ingest the power.