How to prepare
It is a fruit widely consumed all over the world. The skin is peeled and easily removed with the hands. The centre is the edible part of the fruit, but the seeds must first be removed.
The most famous recipes
Tangerine is a fruit that can be used as an additional ingredient in many dishes. Its sweet and sour tastes are perfect to highlight other flavours in a meal.
The peel of the fruit is widely used to give a particular flavour to some desserts such as cakes.
However, the most common way to eat it is by eating its segments directly after they have been peeled.
Benefits, Properties and Uses
It is a relative of oranges, which is why it is a citrus fruit rich in vitamin ‘C’. Its benefits are multiple and contribute to improve the health of the body. 88% of its content is water.
Even though it contains less vitamin ‘C’ than oranges or lemons do, it is still perfect for strengthening the immune system, making it the best ally for preventing the onset of colds, flu and the common cold.
It is also ideal for reducing cellular ageing and is able to improve the absorption of iron in the body, which is important for treating anaemia.
Among sportsmen and women, its use has become very widespread because, as it contains large proportions of water and vitamin ‘C’, it can help to replace electrolytes lost through sweat while training.
On another hand, it is ideal for athletes and people on a weight-loss diet, as it contains very few calories.
Pregnant women also consume this fruit because it helps to fix better folic acid, which is essential for the development of the baby and to avoid anaemia during pregnancy.
This fruit also has purifying properties due to the presence of potassium, water and high levels of citric acid. This is perfect for reducing uric acid levels in the blood.
These depurative properties are widely used to control or reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Likewise, this property improves fat absorption so it is recommended to be consumed in case of obesity and diabetes.
Other of its property is alkalizing, so it can regulate the PH of both skin and blood.
People with intestinal problems can consume this fruit. As it contains large amounts of fibre, the intestinal transit will improve and therefore alleviate problems related to constipation and intestinal motility.
Contraindications or Precautions
The benefits of this fruit are better exploited during the day, so it is recommended that it is eaten at breakfast.