When is an orange not orange…when it’s green !

If you have been walking the streets of Shanghai lately or cruised your local wet market, you can not have missed the tempting  piles of green tangerines that are now in season.  One of my favorite things about Shanghai in the Fall is the appearance of this sensational fruit. These tangerines are mostly grown down south in Jiangxi  Province, so they don’t have to travel too far to get to Shanghai. When buying a bunch to take home ( you can’t buy just one or two tangerines), look for fruit that is heavy in your hand and has a deep color.

Don’t be put off by the green color , inside you will find the same sweet tangerine taste that you experience with the orange variety but in my opinion, the Shanghai fruit has a  far sweeter tang on the tongue.

Feel free to indulge yourself and your family  with this fruit. For about 50 calories per tangerine you get a powerful nutritional boost to your day. Like any citrus fruit, the green tangerine provides 87% of your daily vitamin C requirement and meets one quarter of your vitamin A needs. Remember that both these vitamins are vital to the health of your skin and immune system as well as being considered powerful antioxidants,  helpful chemicals that reduce your risk of chronic disease.

Along with vitamins this fruit  has a decent amount of fiber (think healthy intestinal tract) and generous amounts of potassium,calcium and magnesium.  All three of these minerals are factors in good bone growth and retention.

Finally but no less important is what  is NOT in these thirst quenching snacks,. The green tangerines, like all fruits, do not have any fat or sodium, two food ingredients that you want to reduce for a healthy heart.

This is what eating seasonally is all about. So go load up on green tangerines and enjoy autumn in Shanghai !

Eat Well, Live Well, Have Fun !