Clementines are seriously one of the easiest and most yummy sweet snacks. You simply grab one on your way out the door to work or the gym or whatever. Clementines can be sweet or tart depending on which variety you buy but are always a great alternative to candy or sugar filled treats. They are easy to peel, almost always seedless and contain from 7-14 segments. They are known to be a hybrid cross between a mandarin and a sweet orange but contain less acid than a typically orange.
Varieties: There are a few different varieties of clementines in existence. The most popular types are clemenules or nules which have an orange skin that are easy to peel, seedless and taste sweet. The clemenules are mostly grown in Spain and California. Nadorcott is another popular clementine variety and they have a more redish-orange color with a thinner peel and a flavor that is more tart than the nules. Finally Caffin has a bright orange rind with a thin skin. They are seedless and sweet.
Season: Clementines are a winter fruit but depending on which variety it can be in season for longer periods of time. For example the nules are in season from November- January whereas the Caffins are available from November-May. Make sure when you are purchasing clementines at the grocery store (mostly likely you will be purchasing “Cuties”) that you figure out which variety they are.
Heath Benefits: Clementines like all circus fruit have a high level of vitamin C which boosts your body’s immune system and promotes health skin and hair. They also contain high levels of potassium which regulates the electrolyte balance in your blood, maintains a healthy heart and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Potassium along with calcium helps maintain strong bones and the fiber content helps to relieve digestive issues. Clementines also maintain a smooth functioning brain with their high folate levels and in the process reduce stress and depression.
Nutrients: Contains vitamins B, C and E as well as calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and sodium. There are 35 calories in one clementine.
How to store them: When selecting clementines are the grocery store be sure to pick ones with a bright orange color and shiny skin. Make sure they are uniformed in color and are free from any bruises or damage. Store clementines are room temperature for up to one week or in the fridge for no longer than one month. Simply peel the clementine and consume the segments.