If you like tangerines, you’ll like Clementines. They are a variety of tangerines in relationship to mandarin oranges—a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange. Their exterior is deep orange with a smooth, glossy appearance, easily peeled, and almost always seedless. Did you know that you can separate Clementines into 7 to 14 segments?
Some sources claim that this citrus fruit originated in China and gradually found its way to the Mediterranean and eventually into Europe. However, most sources agree that it was first discovered by accidental hybridization by a monk, Father Clement Rodier, in the garden of his orphanage in Algeria, and in 1902 he called it “clementine”.
It wasn’t until around 1925 that commercial production of Clementines began in Spain, and many still refer to this particular tangerine as the Algerian tangerine, a seedless tangerine that is sweet, juicy, and has less acid than oranges.
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Tangerine and related orange/citrus oils are used in a variety of aromatics that are according to www.prevention.com beneficial to your health. Barbara Thomley, lead coordinator in the Intragrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic says that “The scent of a fresh fruit can do amazing things. From what we’ve seen with our patients, even a quick smell can make a major difference.” She further states that citrus aromas are often useful in curbing stress and anxiety as well as helping with digestion and even nausea. Here’s another link where you can find good information on various essential oils: http://www.mydoterra.com/eobykimbr/ or www.facebook.com/MyLifeOverflowing. (Tell Kimberly we sent you).
Clementines are a good source of Vitamin C and are fat-free, cholesterol and sodium free. They do have some natural sugar but only 35 calories per clementine with nearly 9 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein.
The market for Clementines did not surface until the severe winter of 1997 in Florida when normal oranges were devastated by the harsh winter weather, and were shortly introduced in the United States to the public.
You’ll find Clementines in the produce section of your local grocery store typically in net bags in small wooden or cardboard boxes. They keep unrefrigerated for 2-3 days before using them; otherwise, they store easily in your refrigerator if not used within that timeframe.
As with other citrus fruits, they are a good healthy snack choice providing essential vitamins and nutrients. Keep your eyes open so you don’t miss these—your children will thank you.
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