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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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Flour
As a generic term, Flour can mean a fine, dry powder ground from some form of vegetable matter, but unless a recipe says otherwise, what is meant is Wheat Flour -- specifically, White Wheat Flour. Some Flours are used to provide body -- such as Wheat or Rye Flour -- because they contain a lot of fibre; others, which contain far less fibre, are used more as a starch for thickening -- such as Water Chestnut Flour.

European Flours are graded differently from North American and UK flours.
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    Escargot had their heyday in the 1970s, when everyone ate them with garlic butter and bought the Escargot dishes for home use (but couldn't actually bring themselves to buy the slimy little critters for use in their own kitchen.) You may wish to finally try cooking up Escargot in garlic sauce in your own kitchen. Mind you, you could simmer golf balls in that sauce and they would taste good.

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