How to Eat Tangerines
Tangerines are one of the healthiest fruits in the world. From the time they were first cultivated in ancient China, admirers suspected this tasty little fruit provided various health benefits. In this article we are going to review a few of the best ways to take advantage of these benefits.
Like all citrus fruits, tangerines contain Vitamin C. In fact, the average small tangerine provides more Vitamin C than a large orange. Why is this important? Well, for one Vitamin C is an extremely effective antioxidant.
For those that don’t know, antioxidants are helpful little molecule that wage war against an implacable foe known as free radicals. Free radicals are known to damage healthy cells and it is believed that they may even cause deadly diseases like cancer. Many medical professionals also maintain that they may promote premature aging.
Few fruit lovers are aware of the fact that tangerines, along with grapefruits, are also an excellent source of fiber. Fiber helps regulate the digestive system and encourages healthy bowel movements. Diets with high amounts of fiber have also been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and to lower the risk of heart disease. Vitamin C also contains powerful antioxidants called flavonoids. These busy molecules have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the painful symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis.
So, how do you eat tangerines? As you might expect, the best way to eat one is to simply skin it and eat it raw. However, if you are truly interested in getting the most of its nutritional value, you will save the peel. You see, the highest concentrations of antioxidants are in the pulp and rind. But don’t worry…there are a few simple and tasty ways to prepare the peel.
Tangerines and their rinds can be used to add flavor to dishes such as orange chicken. They can also be boiled and used as a garnish. In each of the aforementioned examples, the fruit will retain its healthy qualities. For the more experienced tangerine lover, peels can also be dried out, grated and used as a tangy glaze or a preserve. Grated or powdered orange and tangerine rinds are also used in meat marinades and sauces. Hundreds of delicious tangerine recipes can be found by performing a simple web search on the internet.
Lastly, tangerine essential oil is a popular extract that has been used for centuries. It is available in creams, lotions and ointments and is sold over the counter. At present, the most common application for tangerine oil is in skin creams, where it is believed that the natural antioxidants will help reduce signs of aging.