For cold and flu season, natural vitamin C suppliers like mandarin oranges and other citrus fruits are essential. Also known as the little sister of the orange, mandarins are great at strengthening the body's defenses – but that’s not the only reason it deserves a spot in your shopping basket.
A mandarin orange for breakfast covers 43% of your daily requirement of vitamin C all by itself. In addition, the mandarin orange contains more selenium than any other citrus fruit. Selenium is extremely valuable for your health, as it protects cells as an antioxidant, promotes blood clotting, and helps support the thyroid gland.
Good to know
In some places there is confusion about what to call this fruit: is it clementine, manderin, or grapefruit? The confusion stems mainly from the fact that the tangerine species can cross excellently and thus have formed countless sub-varieties. These include the clementine, the satsuma, and the tangerine, which is very popular in the U.S. Incidentally, clementines are a cross between tangerine and bitter orange - they contain significantly more sugar and are less acidic than tangerines.
*amount of sugar depends on variety and ripeness
**The value of 'fructose total' composes of the pure fructose and 1/2 of the sucrose.
source: BZfE, aid.de