Clementine Facts; How Mutch Important, Benificial And Interesting?

A clementine is a hybrid between a Mediterranean Citrus xdeliciosa and a sweet orange, so named in 1902. The exterior is a deep orange colour with a smooth, glossy appearance. Clementines can be separated into 7 to 14 segments.


Clementines have been called the crown jewel of the citrus world. These tiny oranges are used in everything from salads and sauces to preserves. Clementines are a specialty breed of orange that is only available for a couple of months out of the year. Many people will make preserves or cook sauces that can be frozen with these rare fruits so that they can enjoy the Clementines all year round. These tiny bright orange fruits are known for their sweetness and their bright orange color. Clementines have only been in grown for the US for around a hundred years and so are not as well known as other types of citrus fruits to most people.

    Facts About Clementines:

  • The clementine is a member of the Mandarin orange family. It is a cross between the tangerine and the Seville orange.
  • They take their name from Father Clement Rodier, a French missionary who is said to have created the hybrid in 1902. However, some people claim the clementine originated in China.
  • It is sometimes called an 'Algerian tangerine.'

  • Spain is the world's largest producer and exporter of clementines. Clementines were first grown in the United States in 1909 at the Citrus Research Center at UC Riverside.
  • In 1914, California farmers began growing them commercially.
  • The clementine was not a very popular fruit in the United States until the late 1990s when the California clementine had a boost in popularity after the cold 1997 winter destroyed much of the Florida orange crop.
  • They are usually available in stores from November to January.
  • Clementines are normally seedless. However, bees sometimes cross-pollinate them with other fruit and the resulting clementines end up having some seeds.
  • One clementine has about 35 calories.