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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Fresh this Month: Clementines
Known as winter oranges to some, clementines originated in Algeria in 1902, as an accidental cross between mandarins and sweet oranges. They may also have been grown in China long ago where they were called Canton mandarins. Clementines soon caught on in the USA, and are grown in California. Right now, they are my favourite orange citrus fruit being so sweet and juicy with a more fragrant mandarin flavour than regular oranges.
One clementine has just under 50 calories, and is a good source of vitamin C. There are B vitamins and trace minerals in there too. Chunks of clementine are a delicious addition to a raw beetroot salad, and you can also make delicious clementine marmalade. I've also seen some clementine sauce and cake recipes around the internet, too.
I have to admit that I've been just grabbing clementines from the fruit bowl, peeling them and popping them into my mouth. I have not yet got round to cooking with them, but when I do, I think it will be marmalade... what would you like to make?