Organic mandarins and clementines are citrus fruits belonging to the autumn and winter seasons, both are extremely popular, but often confused.
In fact, their characteristics are quite different, both in taste and appearance.
We work with two very characteristic Sicilian varieties: Seedless clementines and late season Ciaculli mandarins.
Both are cultivated following controlled and certified organic farming methods.
But let’s see what the differences are between clementines and mandarins.
Organic Clementines Organic clementines are one of the most appreciated citrus fruits, thanks to their genuine fragrance and taste.
Clementines come from the cross-pollination between mandarin and orange plants, a process that also varies according to the distinct type of mandarin and orange trees.
The result is a citrus fruit with very specific characteristics.
Clementines, as opposed to mandarins, have a bigger and rounder shape, a deep orange colour and thin peel.
The segments can be easily separated and have a low seed content, and sometimes, depending on the variety, have non at all.
They boast a sweet and pleasingflavour, with hints of orange.
A typical citrus fruit of the autumn and winter seasons, rich in important nutritional properties, such as high vitamin C content, our faithful ally during the winter period.
Organic Mandarins Organic mandarins are also greatly appreciated citrus fruits, even though they are sometimes “excluded” from consumption due to their seed content.
They have a flatter, smaller shape than clementines, and a paler colour that tends towards yellow.
The skin is more aromatic, and therefore often used in a variety of recipes, ranging from appetizers to liqueurs.
The pulp is more citrusy, at times tart, and is characterised by a generous seed content.
Mandarins also have important nutritional properties.
They have a high content of vitamin C and vitamin P, which helps to fight water retention, as well as beta-carotene, fibers and vitamins B1 and B2.
That’s why Mandarins are also a fantastic ally for our well-being.
Two typical Sicilian citrus fruits in their Seedless and Ciaculli varieties, that satisfy both lovers of delicate, sweet citrus and those that prefer a more decisive citrus.