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Everything You Need to Know: Clementines

Some sensational fruits are in fact hybrids, and the clementine is no exception.  A mix between a sweet orange and willow leaf madarine, this citrus fruit is sweet, super tasty and easy to peel, making it a real favourite amongst the whole family. 

This is a more robust citrus to most others in its species, with the fruit able to withstand higher temperatures.

What can you cook using clementines? 

It might be easier to ask what can’t you cook with them! Consider this almost a blank canvas. They are great with:

  • Meats including duck (think tagine), pork and turkey 
  • Meringues 
  • Marmalade 
  • Cakes 
  • Salads 
  • On a cheese platter 
  • Custard 
  • Jelly 

And you don’t just have to cook with them! They’re exceptional in healthy fruit juices – a nice alternative to the ubiquitous orange. Moreover, consider spicing up your cocktails with them as a tangy, citrus representative. 

Here at Kylestone we think they’re pretty hard to beat fresh!

Why the name? 

It is named after its discoverer, French missionary brother Clement Rodier. However, there is conjecture about this with some believing its origins are much older, and from China. 

What are the different types of varieties? 

There are five:

1.0 Algerian 

2.0 Fina 

3.0 Clemenules 

4.0 Clementine del Golfo di Taranto 

5.0 Clementine di Calabria 

How long do they last? 

Ideally you don’t want them hanging around for longer than a week. In any case, they probably won’t last nearly that long if left in a bowl for people to grab and go. 

How do you store clementines? 

To keep them for longer, then store them in the fridge. They are, however, best enjoyed at room temperature so if you do plan on snacking, take them out early to warm them up just a wee bit. 

Are they good for you? 

Yes, they comprise 87% water and 12% carbohydrates with traces of fats and protein.

Are there vitamins in clementines? 

There is Vitamin C, making them a favourite for helping stave off winter lurgies. 

Can you freeze them? 

Yes. Peel them first, break them into their natural wedges, store in a sealed tub and place in the freezer for several months. Do, however, let them thaw naturally. 

How many calories in a clementine? 

100g has about 47 calories. 

If you’re now hankering for a citrus fix, then touch base with us here at Kylestone Nurseries and see what’s in stock for these, and so much other wonderful, fresh produce! Buy direct from our Farm Shop today – delivery in the local area is free!