We are going to give a touch of orange to our blog! Tangerines are oranges’ direct cousins, but nevertheless, their flavor and aroma are much more fragrant. Whenever we eat a tangerine in a room, everybody will notice. That is because they have oil glands that release that very characteristic smell that impregnates the hands and environment of those who eat them. Like other essential oils deriving from citrus fruits, tangerine oil is commonly known for its energizing and stimulating effects, which can help ease stress, anxiety and depression. Just by adding a few drops of tangerine oil to your diffuser will uplift your mood!
So, let’s see what benefits our star of the week can bring us and what fantastic recipes we are going to prepare.
Tangerines come from Asia and they started to be cultivated in Europe in the 19th century, making Spain one of the main exporting countries of the present day. What vitamins do we give our bodies when eating them? Well, the predominant ones are vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, of course vitamin C and vitamin E.
What about the minerals? Phosphorous, copper, potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc abound in our star of the week. All this allows it to bring high benefits to our body, like for example the reduction of bad cholesterol in the blood, since it metabolizes fats and triglycerides. Also, it can lower blood pressure and improve circulation thanks to the presence of potassium.
Tangerines are great allies against constipation since they are made mostly out of water and fiber. Therefore, if we mix them with some other fruits like kiwis, we can facilitate bowel transit.
Being in a continuous climate change season at the moment, tangerines are an amazing fruit to add to our diet to avoid colds. Vitamin C improves our immune system and, being an anti-oxidant, it’s perfect against inflammation and to remove all those toxins our body accumulates daily.
Calcium promotes bone preservation, so as to keep bones strong and helping muscle relaxation. On the other hand, it improves balance.
Tangerines also help prevent liver illnesses. They contain iron and improve its absorption, being, therefore, really good for treating anemia and healing wound more rapidly.
Another thing we should consider is that the skin of tangerines can be used for many things. For example, if we dry it, it is excellent for infusions or homemade aromatic sugars. Plus, coming from a citric fruit, it can be used to deal with plagues and different sicknesses or to prepare homemade skin masks that remove oil and bacteria.
This week we will offer a delicious homemade jam and a tangerine mousse.
You will end up licking your fingers.