I’ve tasted a new fruit! The mandarinquat is a hybrid of a mandarin and a kumquat. It’s pretty tart, but super fun to eat with a powerful burst of flavor. You can just bite it like an apple or pop the whole thing into your mouth without peeling the rind.
What’s super exciting about this fruit (besides its awesome flavor) is the myriad of health benefits you get from being able to eat the whole thing (much like you would a regular kumquat). Often times, we throw away the richest parts of plants — the stalks, the peels, the seeds. By eating this whole fruit, rind and all, you dose yourself with a hefty amount of polysaccharides (fiber), flavonoids (antioxidants/anti-inflammatory), and vitamin C (also an antioxidant, an immune support, and an important ingredient in collagen production — that’s the stuff that makes our skin look nice and healthy).
This morning, I made my first smoothie with vitamin C in mind. Inspired by this beautiful citrus fruit, I added another ingredient that tops the charts in vitamin C content. You’ll never guess what it is …
Super C Smoothie
- 2 whole mandarinquats
- 1/3 red bell pepper
- 2 large rinsed red chard leaves
- 1 scoop veggie (soy-free) protein powder
- pinch of sunflower sprouts (optional for a fresh-cut taste and extra micronutrients)
- splash of pomegranate juice (another antioxidant boost)
- 1 date
- equal parts almond milk and coconut water
- a few ice cubes