Eat Local: Mandarin

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Mandarin orange, also known as mandarine, is a small version of the normal orange. It contains less sugar and more water than a typical orange and is locally known as tangerines. It is a sweet juicy fruit that is also used to add flavor to ice creams and candies. Mandarins can be used in salads or eaten as a snack on their own. The peel of the mandarin is also use in the perfumes and skincare products.

There are some amazing benefits of mandarins, some of which might come as a surprise:

According to DoveMed mandarin oranges improve brain health - “Several components of oranges, such as potassium, folate, and various antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits. Folate has been known to reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.”

  • Helps improve digestive health - “Mandarin oranges are a great source of fiber. The daily recommended dietary fiber intake for men and women are 38 grams and 25 grams, respectively. Fiber can aid to prevent constipation, making one’s bowel movement easier to control. A mandarin orange contains 3.5 grams of dietary fiber.”

  • Mandarin oranges contain vitamins A,B and a high level of vitamin C. These vitamins all prevents infections, cramps, vomiting and is a great benefit for the health of our skin.

  • Mandarins contains potassium, a mineral known to help lower blood pressure and keep the blood flowing smoothly.

  • In 2008, a study conducted by the US department of Agriculture(USDA) discovered that citrus mandarin provides a high amount of Vitamin C and synephrine- a Natural decongestant that relieves common cold and allergy symptoms.

  • In Ayurveda, mandarin oranges are used to stimulate appetite, relieve thirst, help to discharge phlegm, and prevent gastro-intestinal disorders

Here are some healthy and delicious Mandarin recipes from the food experts at eatingwell.