5 Uses for Leftover Mandarin Oranges

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5 Uses for Leftover Mandarin Oranges

Last updated: Monday, December 9, 2019 | 3 min reading time


The mandarin orange goes by various names – 橙子, limau kupas, and tangerine, just to name a few. Traditionally associated with wealth and good fortune, these nutritious fruits are a common feature of Chinese New Year festivities. Besides being low in calories and chock full of vitamin C, mandarin oranges are also versatile fruits that can be used in many ways.

Here's how you can put your leftover mandarin oranges to good use in the week after Chinese New Year:

1. Mandarin Orange Green Tea

Add a zesty spin to your usual cup of green tea!

Did you know? For a caffeine-free option, try mandarin orange water instead, with chopped passion fruit, apple or pear for sweetness.

2. Mandarin Orange Potpourri

Love the smell of mandarin oranges? Save those mandarin peels for some home-made potpourri.

Did you know? The longer you leave the potpourri, the better it smells!

3. Mandarin Orange Jam

This simple recipe is for those with tons of mandarin oranges left!Use 1.5kg of oranges for three 225g jars of jam.

Did you know? Home-made jam is lower in sugar compared to commercial jam in the market. Using whole oranges helps to increase fibre content in the jam. Fibre helps relieve and prevent constipation, adds bulk to your diet and helps you feel full longer. Stir in chia seeds to boost omega-3, fibre and protein content in the jam! Chia seeds thicken the jam wonderfully too!

4. Mandarin Orange Salad Dressing

This flavour-packed dressing is both healthy and easy to make.

Did you know? Not only is mandarin orange salad dressing lower in calories and fat, and higher in antioxidants such as vitamin C, making it a healthier alternative to traditional salad dressings. Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system and protect body cells from harmful molecules called free radicals.

5. Orange-scented Vinegar Cleaning Solution

Looking for something that's both inexpensive and natural? Try this DIY cleaning solution.

Note: Do not use cleansing solution on granite and marble surfaces.

Clearing out your stash of mandarin oranges can be a lot of fun. Try these 5 DIY projects, or create your own!

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