Clementines are small, sweet, thin-skinned, typically seed-less little cousins of the common orange. A cross between mandarin orange an a sweet orange, they’re less acidic and typically much juicer than oranges, too. They’ve been cultivated in North American since the early 20th Century, after having been “invented” by a Frenchman named Clément living in Algeria in 1902.
Clementines offer a variety of vital nutrients including minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. They’re an incredible source of Vitamin C as well as folate, and offer a good source of dietary fiber. They’re said to be great for your skin, brain health, immunity, digestion and cardiovascular health. Clementine oil is also popular in aromatherapy and massage for its pain relieving and rejuvenating qualities, stress reduction and promotion of better sleep.
The best way to enjoy a clementine is to eat it fresh, straight out of the peel! Peels just like an orange. Slicing the pockets in halves or thirds is also a great option for fresh salads or as topping for a parfait. Store in the refrigerator if you plan to keep them longer than 2-3 days.
Farms that Grow Clementine
Kama’aina Land Nursery