A fruit that customers love more than tangerines: Here’s what makes them special

Vaida Budriene, communications manager of the Iki retail chain, says that although the most beautiful holidays of the year cannot be imagined without clementines, buyers begin to eat these fruits at the end of autumn.

“Clementine is one of our favorite cold season fruits, topping the list of most popular fruits among online shoppers. Although sales of clementines or tangerines peak before and during Christmas, great interest in these fruits is already being felt. Both of these types of fruit come to stores from sunny Spain,” says V. Boudriene.

Naturally ripe clementines are distinguished by their perfect quality and taste. Naturally ripened clementines are very juicy because they are transported directly to the stores after being picked, so they remain the freshest. In addition, they look good on a plate – such clementines are usually sold with branches.

What should you pay attention to when choosing?

Iki fruit and vegetable expert Jolanta Sabaitiene says that although clementines look like small oranges, they are actually mandarins, not oranges. According to the expert, clementines appeared very recently – in the 19th century. and finally a cross between a sweet orange and a tangerine.

According to him, clementines differ from other types of mandarins in that they have a lighter taste than oranges, a rounder shape and less citric acid. Their skin is deep orange, the surface is smooth and shiny. By the way, these fruits are very easy to peel and have one feature – they have almost no seeds. It is for these reasons that clementines quickly became popular all over the world.

“To choose quality clementines, you need to pay attention to several things: size, weight, firmness, smell and color. Larger clementines are usually sweeter, while smaller clementines are more acidic. When choosing clementines, you should also pay attention to the weight: the heavier the fruit, the juicier. A perfectly ripe clementine should be neither too hard nor too soft. After a light click, it should compress a little and return to its original shape,” says J. Sabaitene.

According to the expert, when choosing clementines, like all other fruits, you should pay attention to its smell, which reminds of tangerines, and its color – the skin of clementines should be shiny, bright yellow. Avoid fruits with pale spots or green spots near the stem or skin – green indicates that clementines are not yet fully ripe.

What to combine with?

According to a fruit and vegetable expert, clementines are a very popular ingredient in cooking. Although clementines, tangerines or oranges are usually associated with various desserts – ice cream, sherbets, sherbets, cakes, tarts, cupcakes or other sweets – clementines are often used in the preparation of not only sweet but also savory dishes.

Clementines are combined with various types of meat, but they are especially popular with poultry – chicken, turkey or duck dishes. However, these fruits also go well with beef or pork. Clementines are often combined with white fish, such as cod or halibut. Various salads are also seasoned with them.

“These fruits go well with red onions, chard, spinach or basil, avocado, beets, dill. Salads or other dishes using clematis can be flavored with blue or ricotta cheese and various cured or smoked hams such as Parma or Serrano. In addition, clementine juice is perfect for preparing various sauces. Often, cranberries or figs and even cinnamon are mixed with these fruits, and salads or meat dishes are seasoned with such sauces,” says an expert who recommends making dishes with clementine at home and shares several recipes for salads with clementine. is usually prepared.

Beet and clementine salad

You will need:

  • 4 pcs. medium sized beets
  • 8-10 pieces. clementines
  • 1 piece. red onion
  • 3 tablespoons. spoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons. a spoonful of honey
  • 3 tablespoons. spoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon. spoon grain mustard
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • a pinch of salt, pepper

How to produce

Put the beets in the oven at 160 degrees and cook until soft. Then peel and cut into slices. Peel the clementines and mix them with beet slices and onion cut into rings. In a separate bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, olive oil, squeeze the garlic, mix everything well and pour the resulting sauce on the beet salad.

Spinach and Clementine Salad with Goat Cheese

You will need:

  • 5 cups of spinach
  • 4-5 clementines, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, toasted almonds
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • cup shredded goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • spoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • a pinch of salt and black pepper

How to produce

For the dressing, mix olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Next, add the spinach, clementine slices, red onion, almonds and goat cheese to a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss well.

Clementine salad with walnuts

You will need:

  • a handful of bay leaves
  • a few clementines
  • chopped onion
  • some chopped celery
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • a splash of your favorite oil
  • A handful of your favorite chopped nuts
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

How to produce

Place the greens, celery, onion and clementine slices in a large bowl. Mix everything well. Mix the oil with lemon juice, pepper and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad and sprinkle with walnuts. Garnish the salad with the remaining clementine slices. Tasty!

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