© Denzil Green
Clementines are small, thin-skinned oranges that are very easy to eat. The skin peels off easily, and the sections inside separate with a minimum of effort. They will have few seeds and often can be seedless even, if bees are kept away from the tree's blooms.
Their size and ease of eating makes them ideal for children.
Most Clementines today (2004) are exported from Spain.
In any event, Spain began commercial production in regions such as Valencia and Castellon, and remains the leading producer today (2004).
The oranges were first imported on a large scale to North America in the 1980s, at a time when there was a shortage of oranges owing to a Florida freeze. Without the freeze and the consequent shortage of domestic oranges on the North American market, Clementines would have remained "frozen out" by protectionist tariffs. But Clementines got in, and they were such a hit that it was impossible to close the door afterwards.
Mandarin OrangesClementine Orange; Dancy Tangerines; Fairchild Tangerines; Kinnow Mandarins; Mandarin Oranges; Mikan Oranges; Rangpur Limes; Satsuma Oranges; Sunburst Oranges; Tangerines
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