Clementine cuties may be even more sweet than their names. These small little oranges are actually classified as tangerines. They are sometimes called Algerian tangerines because of their origin. No one knows exactly how clementines came to be, but most believe they are a hybrid of some sort. The states of California and Florida started growing them in large numbers in the early 1900’s.
An average sized clementine has about 36 calories in it. Again, this is an approximation because they vary in size. As you would expect, clementines have a lot of vitamin c in them. They have approximately 37 mg of vitamin c which is about 50% of the daily recommended value for women and nearly 40% of the recommended daily allowance for men.
Clementine cuties are also a great source of potassium, B vitamins and fiber. True clementines do not have seeds in them. If you find one with a seed, the chances are it has been cross pollinated.
Clementines have to be pollinated because they are not a naturally self-producing fruit. Clementine cuties do very well in Mediterranean climates, but they have trouble growing in extreme heat. They are fairly robust and can stand up to a pretty good freeze.
Clementine cuties are a great addition to any fruit salad or can be enjoyed as a stand alone fruit snack.