Organic tangerines and clementines are citrus fruits of the winter and fall season that are highly appreciated but often confused.
Actually their characteristics are different, both in taste and appearance.
We handle two varieties that are very characteristic of Sicily: the seedless clementines and the late mandarins Ciaculli.
Both are grown by controlled and certified organic farming.
But let’s see what are the differences between clementines and tangerines.
Organic clementines are one of the most popular citrus fruits because of their genuine fragrance and taste.
The clementine comes from thehybridization of the mandarin and orange plant, which also varies according to the type of mandarin and orange trees.
What results is a citrus fruit with specific peculiarities.
Clementines, compared to tangerines, are larger and rounder in shape , the color is deep orange, and the skin is thin.
The cloves split easily and have a reduced presence of seeds but sometimes, depending on the variety, are seedless.
The taste, with hints of orange, is sweet and pleasant.
They are typical citrus fruits of the fall and winter period, rich in important nutritional properties, such as thehigh content of vitamin C, our faithful ally in the winter period.
Organic mandarins, are also popular citrus fruits although they are sometimes “marginalized” from consumption because of the presence, in the pulp, of seeds.
The shape is flatter and smaller than that of clementines, and the color is paler and tending to yellow.
The peel is more aromatic, which is why it is often used for culinary preparations ranging from appetizers to liqueurs.
The flesh is more citrusy, sometimes sour, and is characterized by the presence of seeds.
Tangerines also have important nutritional properties.
They have a high content of vitamin C, vitamin P that helps fight water retention, and, in addition, beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins B1 and B2 are present.
Tangerines are, therefore, also an ally to our well-being.
Two typical Sicilian citrus fruits in the seedless and Ciaculli varieties that satisfy both lovers of sweet citrus taste and those of stronger citrus flavor.