You’re mine, Tangerine

We of the middle generation all associate tangerines with St. Nicholas. And actually, it is not the exact opposite in our day and age. With the arrival of winter comes the season of tangerines. This is because in Asia, especially in China and Vietnam, where tangerines are imported, they actually ripen at this time of year.When buying tangerines, choose those with smooth, taut skins so you can be sure they are juicy. Also, if the skin is shiny, dark in color, and the whole fruit is somewhat small, it is a clementine . Usually there is no pit. If it smells like orange, is large and thin, it is a tangerine. Of course, there are more varieties. For example, the Japanese Satsuma variety recently came in from Italy.

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Oranges contain vitamins C, A, B, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and other minerals,lower cholesterol and blood pressure,and lighten skin.Mix 3-4 peeled and crushed tangerine marigolds with 1 teaspoon of honey and white yogurt. Place on face, neck, and décolleté for 15 minutes.

There is also an essential oil pressed from tangerine peels,which is used in many perfumes. The scent of tangerine is said to improve one\’s mood.

We love tangerine compote , but the canned kind always makes me feel like I\’m eating aluminum. So here is our family recipe:

7-10 tangerines, all peeled (cut a blank in each clove, cover all cloves with boiling water and cool rapidly,

2 vanilla sugar

100 g semolina sugar (more to taste)

Juice of 1 lemon

1 cinnamon stick (you can add star anise flowers and 2 cloves)

1 drop brandy or rum

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Place the tangerines in a saucepan. Pour enough water to cover all the tangerines, add the lemon juice and cinnamon (or other spices) and bring to a boil. Add the vanilla and the top white sugar and simmer for another 15 minutes. Pour the hot compote into glasses, cover with brandy or rum, and leave upside down for 5 minutes.

Do not discard the orange peelfrom the oranges. For example, for an Advent wreath or Christmas tree ornament. Just use a knife or mold to cut them out into stars or other shapes, then place them on the stove or stove top to dry.