Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Tangerines
Tangerines are loaded with
nutrients our bodies seek, including Vitamin C, beta
carotene, and potassium. Tangerines can be both
nutritious and delicious when juiced with other
Here are a few of the questions we attempt to answer about
- What vitamins in Tangerines make them so good for
- What is the best method for juicing Tangerines?
- What are some great buying tips for Tangerines?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about tangerines that you might not find so easily
elsewhere on the Internet.
Let's learn more about tangerines...
Vitamins and Minerals
Tangerines are probably best known for their high Vitamin C
content, but they are also a great source of pectin, a soluble
fiber that helps control blood cholesterol. Here is a brief
snapshot of the vitamins and minerals found in tangerines.
Vitamins in Tangerines
- Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- beta carotene
Minerals in Tangerines
The next time you think about tangerines... think about how
they might add a powerful boost to your daily nutrition through
Juicing Tips for
Juicing tangerines can add both flavor and valuable
nutrients to most any home-juiced fruity cocktail. Here are a
few tips for juicing tangerines that may help turn your
juicing experience into something you look forward to and
NOTES: First, it is important
to note that oils in tangerine peels may irritate the
skin of some people. Equally important, you should
TANGERINES before juicing
them. The skins are difficult to digest
and can cause problems in the colo-rectal
area. (This is also true of orange and grapefruit
You'll want to leave the white rind and membranes on because
they also contain naturally occurring Vitamin C and
bioflavonoids which can help strengthen capillaries and blood
When you put citrus fruits like tangerines into your juicer
you can, as with most other fruits, put the seeds and membranes
directly in the hopper.
for Buying Tangerines
Here are a few tips for buying tangerines that may help
you get the freshest ingredients. We'll also include a few
storing tips for tangerines that you might find
Tangerines come in a wide range of varieties, the most
common of which are:
- Kinnow (thin skinned, may be hard to peel)
- Satsuma (very sweet, nearly seedless, from Japan)
- and Clementine (seedless and sweeter than most other
- Mandarins (loose, easy-to-separate skin and are tart,
very juicy and have lots of seeds)
- Honey tangerine (originally called a murcott, very
- and Tangellos (a cross between a tangerine and a
grapefruit, slightly tangier than a tangerine, slightly
sweeter than a grapefruit)
One of the oldest and most popular varieties is the Dancy
tangerine, but it is no longer widely grown. The Dancy was
known as the zipper-skin tangerine, and also as the kid-glove
orange, for its loose, pliable peel. Its peak season is
December, so children would often receive one in their
Christmas stockings. For this reason it is commonly known as a
There are more varieties, but the above are generally the
Tangerines and their sister fruits are generally available
(in season) from late November through early February.
Unlike some fruits, citrus fruits do not ripen once they're
picked. Don't fall for the marketing ploy where some
marketers make claims of "tree-ripened fruit" ...all
citrus fruits should be tree-ripened.
Citrus fruits should feel heavy, otherwise it might be old
and dried out; and thick skins indicate a lot of skin and pulp
and not much juice.
All members of the citrus family should be bought in season
when they are most flavorful, stored at room temperature or in
the refrigerator, and eaten or juiced within a week of buying
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about Tangerines, as well
as a few helpful links if you want to explore tangerines
Native to the Far East, tangerines are now
available in the United States year-round, but they are at
their most flavorful in the winter.
Tangerines have been cultivated for over 3,000
years in China and Japan. They did not reach Europe and North
America, however, until the nineteenth century. The name
tangerine comes from Tangier, Morocco, a port from which the
first tangerines were shipped to Europe.
One segment of a tangerine (and/or other citrus
fruit) is called a carpel.
In the USA, tangerines are grown in Florida,
California, Arizona, and Texas.
Additional Sources and
Resources for Tangerines
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using