It’s that time of year when the mandarin or ‘Christmas’ orange can be found in grocery stores. According to folklore, the mandarin orange was first introduced to Canadians back in the 1880’s. Japanese immigrants received mandarin oranges from their families in Japan to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. The tradition soon spread amongst the non-Japanese population and before long, the oranges were being imported commercially from Japan.
Oranges are one of the most healthful fruits around and one of the most versatile. Like other members of the citrus family, mandarins are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Mandarins are high in vitamin C and vitamin A, which help fight infections by supporting the body’s immune system, and vitamin B6, which helps fight fatigue. Mandarins are also a good source of calcium and phosphorus, which are very beneficial for bones and teeth, as well as potassium and fiber. They also boost respiratory health. No wonder oranges are considered a superfood!
Try incorporating this festive fruit into your breakfast menu this month for a delicious, and healthy treat.