What Is the Clementine Fruit?


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The clementine fruit is a cross between a mandarin and an orange. Clementines are classified as citrus fruits and are the smallest in the mandarin family.

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Clementines are grown in North Africa, Morocco and Spain. The origin of this fruit is debated and believed to be either Algeria or China. The tiny fruit is often seedless and is easy to peel.

The height of the clementine season is between November and January. The juicy fruit can be broken into 7 to 14 segments and offers a less acidic taste.

Clementines are an excellent source of vitamin C, offering an average of 48.8 milligrams per serving. This healthy treat is also low in calories and fat.

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