Fruit – Vegetable – Tropical Fruits
Acknowledging the year of origin of this fruit is almost as controversial as trying to find out whether it was a coincidence of nature, or from the intentions of breeders that resulted in the mixing of the sweet mandarin and the sour bitter orange. They say that the Catholic priest Clément Rodier bred the clementines in around 1890 or that he found them in his garden in the beginning of the 20th Century. The third version of this story: the clementine was coincidentally discovered in the year 1912. It is safe to say that it originated in Algeria and was named after the French Trappist monk Père Clément.
There are very thorny, evergreen bushes or trees that produce mandarins and their numerous varieties. Clementines grow on closely foliated, medium-large trees, which yield higher than usual.
In terms of cultivation and popularity, worldwide clementines are the vanguard of all relatives of the mandarin. The best quality fruit comes from the coastal region of West Morocco.
From October to January; Predominantly supplier country is Spain, in addition Morocco, Algeria, Italy, Israel and Turkey.
May be consumed raw or in sweet dishes and salads.
Mature fruits should be stored at room temperature. Like all other citrus fruit, clementines will not continue to ripen after harvesting.