Satsumas are a wonderful fruit to have as a snack or a breakfast addition. They are loaded with vitamin C which helps to power our immune system and aids the absorption of iron. Did you know they contain about 44% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C?! They also include vitamin B which brings us energy and it also supports healthy brain function. Satsumas are high in fibre making it easier to cleanse the digestive system and they have antiseptic properties which helps to get rid of lots of nasty bacteria. So not only are satsumas sweet and tasty they are also extremely nutritious!
If you want your little one to have a satsuma there are a couple of steps to take to make sure they are eating them safely.
For babies, the flesh of the satsumas must be cut out of the papery membrane and sliced into small bite-sized pieces. Doing this is the safest way, however, it can make satsumas difficult for babies to pick up until their grip develops. This is why we recommend introducing satsumas at around 9 months of age.
Between 9 months and 18 months this is when you can start to offer bite- sized pieces of satsuma with the entire membrane still removed.
When they are toddlers (around 18 months and 24 months) satsumas segments can be given in half with the membrane on, if you are comfortable with their chewing and swallowing skills. At this stage, toddlers can gradually work their way up to whole satsuma segments. But remember, it is very important to teach children to take bites, rather than putting the whole segment at once in their mouth.
Around the age of 2, children can adapt their fine motor skills by learning how to peel a whole satsuma. Our recommended portion size is one satsuma per child.