Where it came from and how it is grown tangerine ?
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) is an evergreen plant, which leads origin from China. Today, the mandarins are grown on plantations around the world, especially in tropical and subtropical regions, for mandarins is sensitive to cold and low temperature.
It was named after a place called Tangerine in Morocco, which was a big producer of this kind of mandarin.
A tangerine belongs to citrus, as well as orange and lemon, the difference is in the size of leaves, which are something bigger and broader in tangerines. From flowering to the harvesting of the fruit, it needs to pass 6-10 months. Tangerines always picked when they are fully ripe and when they reach recognizable color - depending on the type it can be yellow, orange and red.
What is the nutritional composition of tangerines?
As like other citrus, mandarin is rich in vitamin C, the main antioxidant vitamin that fights against free radicals strengthens the immune system and protects the body from disease.
Also, a very present in tangerines is beta carotene, which in the body converts to vitamin A, essential for the health of mucous membranes, skin, eyes.
From minerals mandarins are full of: potassium, iron, magnesium.
From the present vitamins, in the tangerines were found folic acid, vitamin B1, B2, B3.
Mandarins are rich in pectin, which has more than apples, but also in mandarins are large amounts of insoluble plant fibers which are essential for normal digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.
In the peel is infused essential oils, which is why the tangerine peel used in the production of essential oils for therapeutic and relaxation massages.
What are the Health Benefits of Tangerines?
- Strengthening of appetite and vitality
- Protection against avitaminosis, scurvy, colds and infections
- Compensation for loss of potassium in the use of diuretics
- Protection against some forms of cancer, especially cancer of the liver
- Helps in weight loss because they are low-calorie and contain a lot of fiber
- It lowers cholesterol and prevents heart disease
It is advisable to keep tangerines at room temperature, and their shelf life is approximately one week.