Citrus unshiu is a seedless and easy-peeling citrus species, also known as unshu mikancold hardymandarin, satsuma mandarinsatsuma orangeChristmas orange, and tangerine. It is of Chinese origin and introduced elsewhere



The peel is used to make medicine.



According to, new research published in the “Journal of Life Sciences” indicates that citrus peel extract containing polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) may help prevent diabetes. The research showed that citrus peel extract reduced the level of serum triglycerides (TG) and cholesterol, both of which are known to contribute to disorders such as diabetes and obesity. Therefore, citrus peel extract may improve insulin sensitivity.


According to Prepared Foods Network, citrus peels may contribute to lower risks of heart disease. A study published in the “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry” found that the PMF compounds in citrus peels have the potential to lower cholesterol when included in your diet. The study found that “feeding hamsters a cholesterol-raising diet containing 1% PMFs lowered the amount of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol by 32% to 40%.” A similar study in humans also revealed lower levels of total cholesterol.

Citrus peels can be added to foods such as soups, salads, chicken or fish to experience these potential benefits.


Citrus peels contain high levels of antioxidants. As antioxidants, citrus peels may contribute to the protection of your DNA from cancer-causing damage. According to Medicinal Herbs & Spices, citrus peels contain greater amounts of antioxidants than vitamin E. When used in their natural form, the antioxidant effects of citrus peels are enhanced by the high levels of vitamin C found in citrus fruits.


No side effects are known.


None are recorded

Other names

unshu mikan, cold hardymandarin, satsuma mandarin, satsuma orange and Christmas orange


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