Mandarin oranges or tangerines as called by their Western counterparts are general terms used to describe oranges that fall under the Citrus reticulate family. They’re basically smaller, easier to peel and sweeter than their other orange cousins and is also dubbed as “kid-glove” oranges . But not all mandarin oranges are tangerines. This fruit is also helps to lower the risk of cancer, aids in weight loss and is a good source for Vitamin C !
Also, the most commonly found varieties in Malaysia during this festive season are the Ponkan (Taiwan), Honey (China), Lokan (China) and Teochew (China).
- Do wash your oranges thoroughly with castile soap or fruits and vegetables wash to remove any traces of waxes and pesticides before consuming the peels.
- Do not use bruised or moldy oranges.
- Some people might contract contact dermatitis when peeling oranges so wear gloves for safety measure.
- Even though CNY is the time to binge on the trending fruit, don’t forget that moderation is key if you want to avoid getting sick from overdosing.
Since the price of mandarin oranges have increased this year due to shortage, all the more reason for you to not waste them.
Here are 10 ways to reuse your leftover mandarin oranges from the peels to the juicy flesh inside for your home:
1. Add some into your salads
The juicy oranges will not only give your salads a more refreshing taste, it also adds an extra dose of vitamin A and C ! We think you’ll love this fruity Strawberry and Pecan salad and Red Cabbage with Orange salad.
2. Make jam!
This easy recipe will make a great spread for your toasts and crackers during breakfast or tea. If you like marmalade as much as Paddington Bear then you also could check out this Mandarin Orange Marmalade recipe too!
3. Make candied peels
For the sweet tooths, you can substitute the orange in this recipe with other citrus fruits as well such as lemon and grapefruit. The most important step is to remove as much of the pith (the white layer underneath the skin) as you can or else it’ll taste bitter.
4. Make an all-natural home fragrance
Did you know that the smell of fresh citrus fruits can help lower your stress and anxiety levels ? Why not try making an orange candle or a stove-top potpourri to scent your home and reap the holistic benefits of this fruit?
5. Add into compost
Fret not, fellow gardeners! Adding some mandarin orange peels will not do harm to your compost. As a matter of fact, it will help keep pests away from your compost and will decompose fast as long as you cut the peels into smaller pieces .
6. Remove smelly garbage stench
Just throw in as many orange peels as you please into your garbage bin to remove the stench. The peels will help to deodorize the area so throwing your garbage will be a less daunting task.
7. Keep your compound poop-free!
Dogs, cats and other scavenger animals are not fans of the citrusy smell of oranges so if you want a safe way to prevent them from leaving their poop in certain areas of your home, just sprinkle some orange peels around that area .
8. Remove musky odour
Hang dried peels into a cheesecloth bag or just by itself in your cupboards and place it in drawers to remove the musky smell and freshen up your storage contents . It also acts as a natural moth ball.
9. Make a DIY body scrub
Don’t have a body scrub at home? Then, it’s time to make your own! The Mandarin Orange Body Scrub is really easy to make and it’ll last for two weeks or longer if you store it in the refrigerator.
10. Make a natural all-purpose cleaner
If you want a cleaning product that’s toxic-free and is safe for your home then try your hand at making your own Orange All-Purpose Cleaner! Not only it’ll clean your floors and countertops, it’ll smell good too!