Ehime Mikan: The King of Citrus from Japan!
Have you ever heard about Mikan? Mikan is a Japanese citrus that is small, seedless, and easy to peel. When it comes to Mikan, most people would have the word “Ehime” popped out in their head, and today we would give you a brief introduction about Ehime Mikan!
1. What Is Mikan?
Mikan is the Japanese term for Mandarin citrus, and Mikan is easy to peel, small, and seedless. The fruit has sweet taste, delicate textures, and fragrant smell. The fruit is very fragile, so it must be handled carefully.
2. What Is Ehime Mikan?
Ehime Mikan is one of the best citrus fruits from Ehime Prefecture, which is also known as the Citrus Kingdom in Japan. The production of citrus fruits in Ehime is about 250,000 tons per year, and by far, Ehime Prefecture produces the largest quantity of citrus in Japan. Ehime Mikan is famous for its fabulous taste with well-balanced of sweetness and tartness. Ehime Mikan is easy to peel by hand, and you could eat the whole Mikan with its inner skin. Tastier and juicier Ehime Mikan usually comes with more flatted head, smaller stem, and deeper color.
3. What Makes Ehime Mikan Delicious
Ehime Prefecture faces Seto Inland Sea, so the climate of Ehime Prefecture is mild throughout the year, with relatively fair weather. This climate makes great environment for farmers to cultivate citrus. In addition to great climate, most of citrus fruits in Ehime are cultivated in steep slope land that is close to the sea, so the soil is well-drained with mineral-rich nutrients gifted by the wind of Seto Inland Sea. The citrus fruits in Ehime are also nurtured very well by three different types of sunshine in Ehime. The first type of the sunshine is the one that pouring down from the sky, the second type of the sunshine is the one that reflected from the surface of the sea, and the third type of the sunshine is the one casted from the surface of steep slope land.
4. When Is The Best Seasons of Ehime Mikan?
Ehime Mikan is available for most of the time of the year, from late May to the end of the March. The best seasons to enjoy Ehime Mikan is from early July to September (for hothouse mandarins) and from early November to Late January (for natural cultivated mandarins).
5. What Are The Benefits of Eating Mikan?
Two Mikan fruits a day makes you healthier and more beautiful, as the fruits are rich in Vitamin C. The fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibers, with major nutrients as follows:
- Beta-carotene: enhances your immunity
- Beta-cryptoxanthin: prevents diabetes, rheumatism, cancer, hyperglycemia, and osteoporosis, enhances hepatic function, and improves metabolic syndrome
- B-complex Vitamins: reduces fatigue
- Vitamin C: prevents cold and brightens your skin
- Potassium: prevents high-blood pressure
Mikan is very rich in Vitamin C, and it is famous for its effects in preventing cold and brightening your skin. The outer and inner skin, and the white fiber part of Mikan contain Hesperidin, which is good to prevent and improves arteriosclerosis and high-blood pressure. In addition, the recent research found out that the pigments of Mikan contains beta-cryptoxanthin, which has many functions in preventing many diseases and improving our health. Mikan is also a good source of antioxidant that works very well as anti-aging.