Tangerine Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

Tangerine Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

Tangerine Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits: Tangerines are related varieties of oranges. They generally distinguished from oranges by their smaller size, loose, easily peelable skin (pericarp) and more sweeter juicy flesh (arils).
They are also known as mandarin oranges in Europe and satsumas in Japan. Just as in oranges, they too belong within the Rutaceae (citrus Family) and known scientifically as Citrus reticulata.

Tangerine Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

Mandarin orange thought to have originated in South-Eastern tropical forests of China. Today, it is widely grown in many parts of the world, as far as California, as an important commercial crop.

Carbohydrates, Fiber and Protein

These small, aromatic citrus fruits are good sources of dietary fiber, with 8 percent of your recommended daily value of fiber in each medium-size tangerine.

One tangerine contains 13 g of carbohydrates altogether, of which 2 g are fiber and 9 g are sugars. A tangerine also delivers 1 g of protein.

Like citrus fruits in general, tangerines are a significant source of vitamin C.

One medium-size tangerine has 45 percent of your recommended daily value of this nutrient. It also has 6 percent of vitamin A; 4 percent of thiamin, vitamin B6 and folate; and 2 percent of riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid.

The tangerine tree is smaller than oranges with slender branches, and deep-green leaves with pointed ends. The fruit is flat, small compared to “Navel” or “Valencia” oranges.

Its loose, deep-orange color skin (pericarp) can be peeled rather easily. Inside, it features extensive fibrous pith, which is loosely attached between underside of skin and edible arils. An average-sized fruit has 8-10 juicy segments (arils).

Several hybrid varieties of tangerines exist:

Tangelos, also known as honeybell, are hybrid between tangerine and orange (Citrus sinensis) or grapefruit (Citrus paradisi). Tangelos, like tangerines, have loose skin and juicy sweet flavored segments. They are distinguished from oranges by a characteristic knob at the stem end of the fruit.

Tangors (Citrus nobilis) are cross between oranges (C. sinensis) and tangerine (C. reticulata). They feature large size, and sweet-tart flavor similar to oranges.

Clementines, another member of citrus family, are cross between mandarin and sweet oranges. They are smaller, have smooth glossy skin, and very sweet, juicy, almost seedless segments.

Yuzu fruit or Japanese citrus fruit is a hybrid between C. ichngenesis and mandarin oranges (C. reticulata). They are characterized by intense lime-like fragrance and tart flavor. Read More

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