Beautiful Sunshine and Mandarins Citrus Reticulata,
I love Mandarins, and heres why in my latest Blog; read the low down on the health benefits of the essential oils, fruit and some simple recipe tips. Mandarins are the perfect winter fruit for juices as they are high in nutrients and some great antioxidant and antimicrobial actives.
Today its so sunny and gorgeous here on the Sunny Coast. The perfect winters day, 22 degrees, not a breathe of wind and beautiful clear skies.
Its the perfect weather to go for a walk, garden, sunbake, pick mandarins and generally enjoy the special winters that we experience here. we are up on the mountain, its 1000 feet above sea level and usually a few degrees cooler, so we get a real winter bite each evening after the sun has set.
Winter foods are all around us. the mandarin tree and lemon trees are just bulging with fruit. Mandarin Juice is my new favorite. I am just juicing it and drinking it through the day, or I will add the juice to soups and cooking. I love coconut cream or fresh maleny cream with mandarin juice in a soup or curry.
I am really leaning back into cooking. Its such a pleasure to add mandarins to my cooking.
So, heres the low down.
The essential oil of Mandarin is really attractive to me, I love the aroma and the oil is extracted from the skin of the mandarin which isn’t very tasty. The oil contains are alpha thujone, alpha pinene, beta pinene, camphene, citral, citronellal, gamma terpinolene, geranial, geraniol, limonene, linalool, methyl methylanthranilate, myrcene, nerol, sabinene and terpineol. In simple terms this means that mandarin is extremely potent as an antimicrobial and can be used in topical skin applications such as creams and balms and in baths as a divine oil. We add the oil to our Calendula Herbal skin balm and nectar because it sits at the site of a potential infection and just waits its time out to kill the invader on impact. Its also gentle in action. I like that.
Add a drop of the essential oil to your cooking right at the point of serving and you have a really aromatic eating experience.
The fruit o f mandarin is like many citrus fruits high in Vitamin C, Our super antioxidant for winter. The advantage of mandarin is that they are high in valuable sources of flavonoid anti-oxidants like narigenin, hesperetin, vitamin A, carotenes, xanthins and luteins.
Totally delicious and of course the mandarin is more potent raw and cold as this doesn’t destroy any of the valuble nutrients. However I heat it often in foods and will even boil it with sugar to reduce for a sweet sauce.
So Juice some today. Add a mandarin to your winter health care regime and experiment and use generously in your recipes.
1. Use segments in your salads. Mandarin, tomatoe, onion, fresh mint with a simple honey and lemon juice dressing is a great winter salad and vitamin C hit.
2. Make a big pot of your favorite herb tea and add one cup of warm mandarin juice for extra taste. Don’t forget to add a drop of the essential oil for aroma.
3. Add a cup of hot mandarin juice with equal parts either fresh cream or coconut cream to your pot of soup.
4. I love mandarin in cakes and muffins. Just replace the liquid in the recipe with mandarin juice for a seasonal taste and health sensation.
Have a great week and enjoy your mandarins
with love Dom xoxoox
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