This tree cultivation is relatively recent in our latitudes, only from the nineteenth century began to grow in temperate zones of the Peninsula and in the south of France and North Africa.
It is not very high, never exceeds ten feet.
The leaves are presented in a single piece persistent leaf.
The petals are lanceolate, elongated shape, ie the width is several times less than the length of the petal, tour margins parallel linear filaments.
Flowering occurs in spring, resulting in very fragrant flowers that are grouped in bundles, ie, forming a small manojillos. Its color is white stamens are inside who are just soldiers.
The fruit has a characteristic orange color, bright skin is easily separated from the pulp, which frequently consists of ten segments of about five centimeters, pleasant and refreshing sweet flavor.
For the essence is to be from the leaves, flowers and bark of fruit all mixed with water that is subjected to a heat source, which is obtained by steam that is dissolved essential oil containing the leaves, flowers and bark of the fruit. Subsequently, this water vapor is passed through a refrigerant that is capable of condensing water vapor, so you get the liquid form, which carries the essential oil solution. Being totally insoluble, we get a solution mixed with a liquid on the surface that floats on the water by having a lower density, this liquid is the essence. For their separation is introduced into a container with two outputs at different levels: the lower level, where will the water, has a key that will open or close in order to maintain an appropriate height to ensure that at the upper exit out the essence.
The pericarp, more commonly known as tangerine peel, is rich in scents, like flowers, which gives slightly sedative action.
The leaves contain a bitter principle which is used as a tonic and appetizer, while some action eupeptic.
The fruits have vitamin properties, especially large amount of vitamin C.
The excessive consumption of fruit may cause laxative effect.
Infusion. First you have to take the precaution of removing toxic waste deposited on the leaves, caused by the action of pesticides that are necessary for the proper development of the tree are chosen ten grams of dried leaves are added to a liter of boiled water , leaving them in contact for ten minutes, once filtered, the liquid can take up to three cups a day, using as a mild sedative.
PART USED: Fruit, leaves and bark of fruit
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