Tangerines are awesome and we all love them, right? But, unfortunately, the tangerines bought in the supermarkets are often GMO and travel long distances before arriving in your local supermarket, leaving them damaged or stale. Just take a look at the article below and trust me – you’ll never buy tangerines again! Why – well, that’s easy to answer. Because you can grow them at home, in flower pots or in your garden.
Why Grow Tangerines
Tangerines (mandarin oranges) are a tasty and refreshing citrus fruit packed with many nutritious compounds, including flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and potassium. These healthful components contribute to the health of all parts of the body, from cell DNA to the bones and heart. Tangerines are comparable to oranges, but pack even more vitamin A and iron, and slightly less vitamin C. As in oranges, Tangerines too are very low (53 calories/100 g) in calories. Nevertheless, they are valuable sources of flavonoid anti-oxidants like naringenin, naringin, hesperetin, vitamin A, carotenes, xanthins and luteins; in fact, several times higher than in the oranges. Further, they contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber like hemi-cellulose, pectin…etc., which prevents cholesterol absorption in the gut. Adequate fiber in the food aids in smooth bowel movements by acting as a laxative.
Tangerines – Health Benefits:
- Flavonoids – according to the experts, these antioxidants fight cancer and boost cognitive function. This substance also improves heart health by improving blood flow through preventing blood clots and cholesterol oxidation.
- Vitamin C – I really think that you’ll be amazed when we tell you that a medium-size tangerine contains 23.5 milligrams of vitamin C, which is equivalent to 39% of your daily value of the nutrient. And yes, you should also know that Vitamin C is important for collagen synthesis, iron absorption, immune function, as well as preventing cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and wrinkles.
- Vitamin A – did you know that Vitamin A is vital for immune function? Well yes, and you should also know that this vitamin is essential for immune function, vision, reproductive health, cell growth and division, and communication between cells.
- Folate – this compound is essential for red blood cell production, folate plays a role in DNA and RNA formation and maintenance. Folate is also important for the formation of red and white blood cells in the bone marrow as well as the conversion of carbohydrates.
- Potassium – yes, potassium is one of the seven essential macro minerals (along with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, and sulfur), potassium is necessary for proper kidneys, muscles, nerves, heart, bone, and digestive system function. The experts say that high potassium intakes are associated with a 20% decreased risk of dying from all causes, a reduced risk of stroke, lower blood pressure, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.
How to Grow Tangerines
Note: you should know that in just 3-4 years, you’ll have a fruit-bearing tree in your own home! And you can achieve all that with minimal effort.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- A medium-sized flower pot with a drainage hole and saucer
- Organic soil
- Organic tangerine seeds
- First, you need to place pebbles at the bottom of your pot for better drainage.
- After that, you need to sow the seeds into a small depression in the soil and cover them well.
- Place the pot in a bright sunny place and water generously as it sprouts and strengthens.
- Make sure you water the plant when the first inch of soil dries out.
- Prune the tree as it grows, removing broken and withered branches.
- And remember – once the tree grows stronger and thicker, fertilize it from time to time to give it a little boost.
- You need to replant in a larger pot every few years to help it grow taller and stronger and bear more fruit.
As we said, it may take a few years for your tree to produce fruit. Well, this means that you should stay patient. Once it’s strong enough, your tree will benefit from being planted outside if the weather permits. If not, you’ll have to pollinate it by hand for it to produce fruit. Now you know how to grow tangerines at home for an endless stream of fresh, juicy, fruit! We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good one.