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Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello Mushrooms are the same species of mushroom as White Button Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus.) They are just a slightly different strain of that species, which develops a thin layer of tan or coffee-coloured cells on its cap.

When young, and harvested while the cap is still closed, they are called Cremini mushrooms.

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Mandarin Oranges
The name "Mandarin Oranges" is used to refer both to an orange and to a family of oranges that includes Dancys, Clementines, Honey, Pixie, Satsumas, Owari, King, Oneco, Ponkan and Willow Leaf. Technically, it really is just an "umbrella" name used to refer to the family. Producers and marketers, though, aren't yet sure whether to market Mandarins as one fruit, or to be clear to consumers that there are different kinds of Mandarin Oranges.

Mandarin trees are small, only growing up to about 25 feet tall (7.5 metres.) They have thin, spiny, thorny branches and small leaves, and produce small flowers. Mandarin Oranges will have anywhere from 9 to 15 easily-separated sections inside. The skin on some Mandarins is actually green. If people saw them on produce stalls, they would walk on by thinking the oranges weren't ripe yet.

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"Iced champagne was served, and the feel of the cold wine in her mouth gave Emma a shiver that ran over her from head to toe."

-- Gustave Flaubert. (French novelist. 12 December 1821 – 8 May 1880) From "Madame Bovary"

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