18th November What is a satsuma?

We are bringing an abstract concept to students (the next generation of Doppllers); clothes swapping, in an app, using virtual coins. We are explaining how they can trade their old pre-loved clothes for a whole new pre-loved wardrobe, giving them the opportunity to be that bit more sustainable with their fashion habits.

Dopplle has gone to 15 freshers fairs over the past few months, meeting 1000s of students and having some great discussions. We expected the most common questions we would be asked by students would be related to how our virtual coin system works, how we came up with the concept, where the name Dopplle came from?

But no.

The most common question we were asked was:

What Are Satsumas?

So we thought we would write a blog post all about this small, citrusy and very orange piece of fruit.

Satsumas. Refreshing, juicy, easy to peel, healthy. A mini orange some might say.

Part of the citrus family, this orange piece of fruit has caused a stir within Dopplle. Let’s have a look at what it actually is. Sister to clementines and oranges, distant cousin to lemons and limes, the satsuma sits comfortably, a fruit in its own right. A fun fact is that satusmas are ALWAYS seedless!

Satsumas are named after the Satsuma Province, a place in Japan where they were traditionally grown. Small in size, big in nutrition, a satsuma contains a low number of calories but can provide over 100% of the daily recommended vitamin C.

Satsumas are also affectionately known as “easy peelers” due to their thick skin but loose albedo. What’s an albedo? The white pithy layer under the skin. This means individual satsuma segments can be eaten easily.

So that is what a satsuma is. Doppllers, next time you see the orange tablecloth, come and say hello to get your daily dose of vitamin C!