Mandarin is a name for a class of bright-colored oranges with thin and loose peel. These oranges are also called "kid-glove" oranges. The mandarin orange is considered a native of south-eastern Asia and the Philippines. It is most widely grown in Japan, southern China, and India. Mandarin oranges fall into three broad categories namely: Mandarin, Tangerine, and Satsuma. These are further divided into sub categories. Mandarin includes Changsa, Le-dar, Emperor, Oneco, and Willow-leaf. Tangerine oranges includes Clementine, Cleopatra, Dancy, Ponkan, Robinson, and Sunburst varieties while Owari, Wase and Kara fall under Satsuma category.
Choose mandarins that have glossy skin and feel heavy for their size. Avoid those with soft and brown spots or other visible damage to the skin.
Mandarins are a storehouse of Vitamin C. Excessive ingestion of vitamin C can lead to acid reflux due to its acidic nature thus causing an irritating sensation in the food pipe. (2)
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