Are you sure you know the difference between a Mandarin and Clementine?

Are you sure you know the difference between a Mandarin and Clementine?

May 17, 2019 0

It is hard to tell the difference between the Mandarin, Tangerine, and Clementine, but Quique Oranges has the answers for you. Don’t worry your confusion is understandable the University of California in the United States has listed a total of 167 hybrids and varieties of the mandarin.

Looking at all mandarins from a nutritional perspective they are all rather similar. For a 50 calorie mandarin there is 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar. As well each mandarin contains half of a days worth of Vitamin C, and many other antioxidants.

The Mandarin:

The Origins of the Mandarin are rooted in history in China hence the name the Mandarin. This being said China also produces and consumes the most mandarins in the world with over 12 million tons harvested each year. What is the difference between a orange and a mandarin? Well mandarins are typically sweeter in taste and the shape is typically flatter. Also the skin on the mandarin is not as stuck to the flesh and because of this they are easier to peel than the orange.

The Tangerine:

Where does the tangerine fall between all of these classifications and how is it different from the clementine. Well the tangerine is a specific type of mandarin orange, they arrived to Europe in the 1800´s through North Africa. The name “tangerine” really started to get used in the United States, this was probably due to the idea that the tangerine that came to the United States from Europe came to Europe from Tangiers in Africa. When in reality they came from Southwest China.

The tangerine is a little bit less sweet than the clementine and a little bit more tart. Although they are more bright in color. Although the tangerine and the clementine are both great sources of vitamin C and come from the same family of the mandarin orange. In the Northern Hemisphere the tangerine season typically lasts from October to April.


The Clementine:

The child favorite is the clementine as they are the most friendly for children as well as adults. The reason for this is because they are the easiest to peel, this is because the skin is thin and not attached to the flesh very hard. The clementines slices can also be separated from each other easier compared to an orange or a tangerine. Clementines also have the advantage of being seedless, this is allows for a nice healthy snack throughout the day. It is said that the clementine is sweeter than the tangerine and the orange. The Clementine Season typically lasts from November to January. The clementine is widely cultivated and is mostly grown in Spain, Morocco, Italy, Algeria, and Turkey. This is due to their tropical climate.

Health Benefits:

We all know that oranges, mandarins, clementines, or tangerines whatever the family of oranges it may be they all have great health benefits, but what are they exactly? Well 100 grams of clementine has 47 kcal of energy and 12 grams of carbs. It also contains 0.15 grams of fat and 0.8 grams of protein while 86.58 g of water. Plus is a good source of Vitamin C. While 100 grams of tangerine has 53 calories, 0 mg of cholesterol, 2 mg of sodium and 13 grams of carbs. Lastly it is a good source of Vitamins, calcium and iron.

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Now that you are aware of what the differences are between the mandarin, the tangerine, and the clementine, you just need to know where you can find the best ones, but look no longer because at Quique Naranjas on we have all the fruits just mentioned and more. We deliver right from the tree to your house in Germany in 48-72 hours so the fruits maintain all their beneficial properties.

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