The Tangor, also named Mandora or Topaze, was discovered in 1896 in Jamaica. This citrus fruit is an hybrid of the mandarin orange and the sweet orange. It. The name "Tangor" is a combination of the "Tang" of tangerine and the "or" of "orange". The Tangor variety was introduced from Corsica and wide spread in Reunion Island in the 70’s. It can easily be found in creole gardens, local markets or even by the side of the roads.
The Reunionese Tangor is made of a thick skin with a pebbly / rough surface but easy to peel. Skin color at maturity is a deep reddish-orange. Even green, it can be filled with sweet and fragrant juice. Indeed, coloring of the orange comes from the decrease in temperature transforming chlorophyll into yellow or red pigments. Its bright orange pulp is sour-sweet and full-flavored.
The Tangor orange contain rich vitamin C., a multifunctional nutrient essential to healthy eyes, skin, teeth and bones, as well as numerous processes in the body. Oranges generally qualify as good sources of fiber. Oranges are highest in soluble fiber, the type associated with regulating blood glucose levels and reducing high LDL and total cholesterol levels. Oranges are a significant source of potassium - a large fruit supplies almost 10 percent of the nutrient’s daily value. The adequate intake of dietary potassium can help both prevent and treat hypertension.