Interesting Facts about Tangerines

Posted on Nov 25, 2022      406

Bright orange tangerines are undoubtedly one of the most popular fruits in the world. Fortunately, nowadays it is possible to enjoy tangerines at other times of the year, and this can not but rejoice, because they are not only tasty but also useful. Especially some of their varieties, juicy, sweet and seedless.

Facts about tangerines

  • The homeland of this fruit is Asia, more precisely China.
  • The old tangerine tree can grow up to 5 meters tall.
  • There are about 50 different varieties of tangerines cultivated in the modern world.
  • Some tangerine trees cannot be propagated without human help, as breeders have developed seedless varieties and can only be propagated by shoots. As with many other domesticated plants .
  • A single tangerine tree can yield up to 5,000 to 7,000 fruits per season.
  • Besides edible varieties, there are ornamental varieties, grown purely for beauty.
  • In China, mandarins are considered a symbol of wealth.

  • Scientists have proven that the aroma of these fruits helps relieve stress, improves mood, invigorates and inspires.
  • Tangerines help the liver break down toxins and protect it, including against obesity. They also reduce the level of harmful cholesterol in the blood.
  • To keep mandarins for a long time, they are covered in wax. The wax itself is harmless to us, but it can hide defects in the fruit.
  • Along with oranges, mandarins are often the ancestors of various citrus hybrids, which are actively bred by modern botanists.
  • Scientists in the U.S. have discovered an anti-cancer substance in tangerine peels, salvestrol Q40, which reduces the risk of developing the disease.
  • The highest quality tangerines are the ones that seem too heavy for their size. They are very juicy, but very light fruits lack moisture and have too many seeds and tough fiber, and they do not taste very good.
  • The color of the ripe fruit varies from variety to variety, ranging from yellow-orange to dark orange.
  • Many store-bought mandarins, though they look familiar, are actually hybrids with other citrus fruits. For example, tangerines or clementines.
  • Harvesting tangerines is a labor-intensive activity. In order for these fruits to store well and not to rot, they must not be plucked but cut off with scissors. Do it in such a way that there is no long “tail”, which can pierce the neighboring fruits.
  • Tangerine tree is an evergreen.

  • It takes 6 to 8 months for the fruit to fully ripen, depending on the variety and the environment in which the tree grows.
  • Mandarins contain no nitrates. This is because the fruit has a lot of citric acid, which, due to its properties, neutralizes their harmful effects.
  • Tangerine is the most cold-resistant of all citrus crops.
  • In the times of Chinese Empire, mandarins were called by officials, and according to some information, only they had the right to grow this fruit in their gardens. So the name has passed from them to these citrus fruits, thanks to the efforts of Portuguese navigators.
  • A mandarin crossed with an orange is called a tangora. The tangora has bright orange flesh, a flattened shape, and a sweet taste.
  • A hybrid of mandarin and lemon is called citrandarin and has a sour taste.
  • Tangerine oil is used as an anti-cellulite treatment.
  • Tangerines are a strong allergen, so they should not be consumed by those who are allergic to citrus fruits. This is especially true for children.
  • Despite the popularity of mandarins around the world, it is almost impossible to find tangerine juice on sale. This is because it loses all of its beneficial properties when heat treated.
  • In the world production of citrus fruit mandarin ranks second after the orange.
  • In Europe, tangerines have appeared only at the beginning of XIX century, that is about two hundred years ago.
  • So far, no one has found wild mandarins. Most likely, they do not exist, and the fruit we know was bred by ancient Chinese gardeners.