In this article we will deal with clementines as one of the most popular citrus fruits. We will tell you something more about clementines and we will also tell you the difference between tangerines and clementines. You will find out which of these two mandarin varieties contains seeds and what are potential side effects of eating too many clementines.
If you also love this fruit, this article will be very useful and interesting for you.
More about Clementines
The clementin is a cultivated variety of the mandarin. Clementines are similar to tangerines, but they are cultivated to be seedless and they are also sweeter than tangerines. The clementin is a small fruit that was created over 100 years ago and it comes traditionally from North America. In a nutritional sense, all mandarins are similar.
As well as all other types of mandarins, a clementine contains about 50 calories and it is rich in sugar. Clementines are rich in vitamin C and each clementine will provide you half a day’s worth of this vitamin. Due to its high content of vitamin C, clementines can prevent cold and flu and boost your immune system.
They are also rich in other antioxidants and fiber. Due to its fiber content, clementines may regulate digestion and reduce your appetite. Like other varieties of mandarins, clementines are easy to peel and to separate into sections. Similarly to tangerines, clementines can be separated into 7 to 14 sections. Clementines are sweet and juicy and they are less acidic than oranges.
As you can see, clementines are very healthy, but have you ever noticed seeds in them?
Do Clementines Contain Seeds?
One of the most common questions is whether citrus fruits contain seeds or not. Clementines don’t contain seeds when they are commercially grown, so they are usually called seedless tangerines. Because of that, clementines can be a great healthy snack for your children. They are much better than tangerines because tangerines always contain seeds. Being seedless, clementines can be pollinated, so only in this case they will produce fruits with seeds. If you find a clementine that has seeds, it must have been pollinated.
However, most people prefer seedless clementines, which are the smallest variety of the mandarins. Regardless of whether clementines have seeds or not, they can be tasty and nutritious snack.
Varieties of Clementines
Clemenules or Nules. One of the most common varieties of clementines are clemenules. Clemenules are high-quality seedless clementines with a great sweet flavor. They are most commonly grown in Spain and California.
Nadorcott. Nadorcott is another variety of clementines. It is a late-season clementine variety that is seedless when it is grown in isolation from other citrus plants. Nadorcott has more red-orange color than Clemenules and also a thinner peel. The flavor of Nadorcott is less sweet than the flavor of the Clemenules.
As well as other varieties of mandarins, clementines can be grown from seeds. It is important to know that clementines can’t tolerate freezing temperatures.
Although clementines are healthy they should be eaten in moderation. One clementine contains about 1,3 grams of fiber, which is not too much, but if you eat too many clementines, your fiber intake can be very high. In this case you can have problems with bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation.
Also, too many clementines may cause acid reflux. Not only will too many clementines lead to acid reflux, but eating too many citrus fruits can worsen the symptoms of this condition. Acid reflux is very painful and it can lead to ulcers and bleeding in the digestive tract. To avoid any digestive and other problems, it is best to stick to your daily recommendation of fiber. It means that you should not consume more than 14 grams of fiber for each 1200 calories in your diet. Another problem of eating too many clementines is the high acid content in them. It is known that acids can damage your teeth breaking down enamel. If you don’t treat it on time, it may cause severe pain, gum disease and also bad breath. There is also one more potential side effect of eating too many clementines. It is true that clementines are low in calories but if you consume too many clementines throughout the day, it may lead to weight gain.
So, be careful, and remember that clementines, as well as all other fruits, should be eaten in moderation.
As you have seen in this article, clementines are generally seedless, but sometimes they may contain few seeds, if they have been pollinated. Being seedless, clementines can be a great snack for children.
The only difference between clementines and tangerines is that clementines are seedless. They are packed with nutrients and they have a positive impact on our health. Although clementines have many health benefits, it is important to eat them in moderation, in order to avoid any health issues.