Essay on Mandarins

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Mandarins:
What uses has this fruit?
Mandarins are a real convenience food, great for school lunches, snacks and picnics. They are easier to peel than oranges and their segments separate easily. Just spit the pips out or remove before using segments in fruit salads, muffins, cheesecakes, ice cream, savoury salads or with meat.
Mandarin (citrus reticulata) is native to China; the fruit of the Mandarin tree was a traditional gift offered to the Mandarins, hence the origin of its European name. The names Mandarin and Tangerine are both commonly used to describe the same essential oil; Mandarin is the common name used in Europe whereas Tangerine is the name used in America. However, although the same species with the same botanical name,
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Mandarin is also used in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes and as a flavoring agent in liqueurs and confectionery.

As an antispasmodic, mandarin oil can be used to treat muscle spasms, as well as stomach cramps. The essential oil can be mixed with a carrier oil, such as almond or sesame, or even with milk, and then poured into a bath to relieve or even prevent muscle pain. To treat stomach cramps, a tea can be made with a few drops of mandarin oil added to it.Mandarin oil also works wonders for the circulatory system. It increases blood flow directly underneath the skin. Mandarin oil is often used in creams and lotions, particularly to prevent stretch marks and to revitalize skin.
Mandarin oil increases the local blood circulation which helps tone the skin and improve its texture. Its is a mildly sedative oil. In France, because of its gently action. Mandarin essential oil is often thought of as ‘the children’s remedy’. French herbalists even prescribe mandarin juice for nervous tension and irritability, and certainly the essential oil can help quieten an over excited child or encourage sleep. The soothing effect of mandarins is attributed to their bromine content, which is higher than in any other citrus fruit.

How does it grow?

Citrus fruits are usually self-fertile (needing only a bee to move pollen within the same flower) or parthenocarpic (not needing

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