In previous post’s we’ve talked about the links and similarities between many plants, flowers, fruits, and cannabis. The similarities in as far as composition, properties and aromas are, in many cases, quite reasonable.
In the following section we’re going to go over the properties of mandarin oranges, their aromatic composition and what they have in common with other cannabis strains.
Mandarins and Cannabis – Similarities
Mandarins, or more specifically, mandarin trees (which produce different types of mandarins), are originally from Asia, and in the 19th century they were introduced to Europe. China is currently the main exporter, followed by Spain, although many countries grow this citric fruit.
Its characteristic fresh, sweet and citric flavour is easy to recognize. They have many benefits thanks to their nutritional value and their essential oils.
Due to this fruit’s characteristic sweet flavour, it has been used to create other hybrids such as mandarins x oranges, mandarins x pomegranates, and of course, clementines, which are a combination of mandarins and the result of the mandarin and orange hybrid.
What Properties do Mandarins Have?
Mandarins have a high nutritional value, as well as other many interesting properties.
Main Nutrients in Mandarins
This fruit is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and B2, fibres, bioflavonoids, folate, and mineral salts such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium, and you can use the entire fruit; even their leaves and skin contain nutrients.
Plus, they also contain different terpenes (which we will talk about further on in this post), which have a direct correlation with its many benefits.
This fruit has many different benefits, although it is most known for benefiting the immune system, making it a great way to avoid getting colds during typical times of the year with temperature changes. For example:
- It has great antioxidant properties for the skin, helping to synthesize collagen, improving the aspect of the skin and helping to heal injuries. It also helps to slow down aging.
- Its high vitamin C content makes it a great way to fight colds. It strengthens the immune system, and reduces the risk of infectious diseases such as colds or flues.
- It’s beneficial or your vision, helping to reduce degeneration produced due to aging or somke illnesses such as diabetes.
- It also has a high fibre content, making it great for diets, reducing insulin levels while also reducing sugar storage and getting rid of fats.
- It can also help to reduce the risk of illnesses such as Diabetes type 2 thanks to its high content in bioflavonoids such as Nobiletin, which regulates insulin levels in blood.
What Terpenes are in Mandarins? What Does they Have in Common with Cannabis?
As we were saying previously, mandarins have an aroma that’s easy to recognize, in which the main terpene is Limonene.
The other terpenes found in mandarins are found in a much lower proportion than Linalool; this compound represents 70% of the aromatic profile. This is why, if you crunch a bit of mandarin, orange or lemon skin and you place a flame near it, a small burst will happen due to the high flammability of limonene in high concentrations.
Some secondary terpenes are Linalool, Citral, Citronellol and Geraniol.
All of these terpenes found in mandarins can also be found in certain cannabis strains.
What Cannabis Strains Have Terpenes in Common with Mandarins?
As we were saying earlier, mandarins have terpenes in common with many cannabis strains, as limonene is one of the most characteristic terpenes in the fruit.
Strains High in Limonene with Hints of Mandarin Aroma
Generally, all strains classified as Diesel tend to have hints of diesel and or mandarin flavour caused by incredibly high limonene contents and other secondary terpenes.
Plus, Tangie is a strain that, although it doesn’t contain as much limonene as the previous, it has an interesting hint of mandarin in its flavour.
So, did this post pique your interest? Leave a comment down below and let is know what you think or if you have any questions.
Until next time!