A clementine is a hybrid between a mandarin orange and a sweet orange.
The exterior is a deep orange colour with a smooth, glossy appearance.
Clementines can be separated into 7 to 14 segments. Similar to tangerines, they tend to be easy to peel. The clementine is also occasionally referred to as the Moroccan clementine. They are typically juicy and sweet, with less acid than oranges.
Their oils, like other citrus fruits, contain mostly limonene as well as myrcene, linalool, α-pinene and many complex aromatics.
Availability: October through February (Spanish imports) and June through September (South African imports)
A clementine contains 36 milligrams of vitamin C. For a child up to 8 years of age, with an RDA of 15 to 25 milligrams of vitamin C, that would fulfill the recommended daily requirement. For a child 9 years of age through 18, with an RDA of 45 to 75 milligrams, two clementines would satisfy the body’s needs, and provide over two-thirds of an adult’s needs.
According to researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute in Oregon, vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen which is a structural compound throughout the body, from the skin to the bones. It helps transport fat to cells to convert it to energy and even helps convert cholesterol into bile, which can play a role in protecting one from heart disease and gall stones. Since humans cannot produce their own vitamin C within the body, we need to consume it from an outside source.
Clementines also contain 22 milligrams of calcium, which is necessary for muscle contraction and bone growth. While this is only a small percentage of the RDA for both children (500 milligrams) and adults (1000 to 1300 milligrams), it is a vital mineral, and eating a clementine can help you reach your RDA of calcium.
One Clementine contains 131 milligrams of potassium, which is another essential element for a healthy body. The American Heart Association states that potassium maintains the water balance in the body between cells and body fluids, aids in muscle contraction just as calcium does, and helps to lower blood pressure. Eating a well balanced diet that includes other fresh fruits and vegetables, along with clementines, will provide adequate potassium intake.
The nutritional benefits of clementines don’t stop there. They only contain 35 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrates. They also contain 1.3 grams of fibre, which maintains healthy digestion and aids with weight loss.
Most Clementines are displayed in bulk. They should be of comparable size to avoid over handling by consumers in search of the largest fruit. However, offer consumers a choice by complementing bulk displays with boxed or bagged clementines
Clementines can be positioned with citrus, pineapples or apples.