Tangerines provide value for the ecosystem and for humans. The plant and fruit provides nourishment to various animals and the flowers provide nectar for pollinating animals. For humans, the fruit not only provides nourishment, but also aesthetic and sensual values, with beautiful flowers and the sweet taste of the fruit. The fruit itself is quite nutritious, being a good source of various vitamins, especially vitamin C, as well as fiber and folic acid.
These aspects reflect the fact that while the tangerine is advancing its own individual purpose (the tangerine fruit is designed for multiplication of the plant), it also advances a purpose for the whole, whereby there is a contribution to the ecosystem and to humans.
The many varieties of tangerines produced, and the many uses to which the fruit is used, reflects human creativity. As stated by Rev. Sun Myung Moon (June 13, 2006, Cheongpyeong, Republic of Korea), "God created all the earth's creatures as our natural environment; they are absolutely needed for human prosperity. Human beings and nature are meant to share a realm of mutual resonance, with humans as the subject partners of love and nature as the object partner thriving under human management and beautified by human creativity."