Mandarins

If you are looking for a fruit packed with goodness and vitamins, don’t underestimate the power of the mandarin.

Cooking with imperial mandarins

  • Mandarins can be kept in a dark, cool place for up to a week, or in the crisper section of the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • A bowl full of mandarins also makes for an impressive table ornament. Mandarins can be peeled and juiced, or segmented and eaten just like oranges.
  • Simply add mandarin segments and fresh fennel to an everyday salad to bring it to make it dinner party ready.

 

Health Benefits of eating imperial mandarins

  • As in oranges, imperial mandarins too are very low (53 calories/100 g) in calories. Nevertheless, they are valuable sources of flavonoid anti-oxidants like naringenin, naringin, hesperetin, vitamin A, carotenes, xanthins and luteins; in fact, several times higher than in the oranges.
  • In addition, mandarins are very rich sources of vitamin-C (ascorbic acid), a water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin-C is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant, which play vital role in collagen synthesis, wound healing, anti-viral, anti-cancer activity, and help prevent from neuro-degenerative diseases, arthritis, and cold/fever…etc., by removing oxidant-free radicals from the body. Vitamin C helps absorb iron in the food by reducing ferrous form of the iron elements to easily absorbing ferric form inside the gut.
  • Mandarins contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber like hemi-cellulose along with pectin, which prevents cholesterol absorption in the gut. Adequate fibre in the food aids in smooth bowel movements by acting as a laxative.
  • Citrus fruits, as such, have long been valued for their wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. It is scientifically established fact that citrus fruits, especially oranges, by virtue of their richness in vitamins and minerals, have many proven health benefits. Moreover, it is now beginning to be appreciated that the other biologically active, non-nutrient compounds found in citrus fruits such as phyto-chemical antioxidants; soluble and insoluble dietary fibers play a vital role in reduction in the risk for cancers, many chronic diseases like arthritis, and from obesity and coronary heart diseases.