Why are canned tangerines so “clean”?

If you’ve ever made dessert with canned tangerines, you know how sweet they are. Most mandarins are preserved in syrup, which makes them nice and sweet. But have you ever noticed how suspiciously “clean” these tangerines are? Fresh tangerine segments look completely different and are always covered with white threads and a fine skin. Research shows how this is possible, but you may not want to eat canned mandarins after knowing the truth…

New knowledge does not always make us happy.


If you’ve ever peeled a tangerine, you know how difficult it is to remove the white threads. Even if you attack the tangerine with your fingernails, it’s hard to get rid of them all, and sometimes the tangerine turns into a pitiful pile of pulp. How is it possible that the canned mandarins are stripped of their white threads and skins?

Read about it on the next page.

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