2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
We are starting to see them in most of our grocery stores, children love them, they are the perfect snack for the lunch box. Have you guessed which fruit we are talking about? Yes the clementine!
Originally from North Africa, the clementine is a cross between the mandarin and the Seville orange. It would have been cultivated by Father Clément, which explains the name of this small fruit. Today it is grown in Spain, Italy, Africa and South America.
Serving size and nutritional value for 2 medium clementines: 1 serving of fruit and 2.5 g of fibre
Like oranges, clementines are an excellent source of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a provitamin A that the human body transforms into vitamin A only when it needs it. Vitamin A plays a special role in growth and the body's anti-inflammatory responses.
Particularities of clementine
- The peel (or rind) of this fruit separates very easily from the pulp. It's easy access to the juicy fruit inside. No need to use a knife to remove it, it makes for the most relevant on-the-go snack!
- The particular smell that the clementine gives off is immediately reminiscent of the holiday season. Indeed, this is the time of year when clementines are plentiful in grocery stores.
- Unlike tangerines, clementines contain very few or no seeds. Perfect for toddlers!
Buying and storing clementines
- When buying, choose a heavy fruit for its size. In this way, you will be sure that it is a juicier and tastier fruit. It is also necessary to take care that the bark is smooth and unmarked.
- If you buy in a bundle, be careful that no clementine is rotten, it may damage the others in the same bundle.
- Clementines can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week. However, do not hesitate to place it at room temperature before consuming them for more flavor!
Cook tips for clementine
- Clementine makes a great garnish in a green salad with a simple olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Or, try this recipe or this one featuring it.
- Eat it dipped in chocolate, this marriage of flavors will make you want more and more.
- Perfect to put in your cakes, pies or treats, the particular flavor of the clementine will add a touch of citrus to any dessert. For example, these muffins from Three times a day.
- Extract the clementine juice like that of aorange and make it into a dressing for salads or to make a sauce to accompany your proteins.
- It goes well with pork! See this recipe from Ricardo!
To learn more about this succulent citrus fruit, visit the site of the I love fruits and vegetables movement.