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Buying your citrus with leaf still intact is the ultimate guarantee of freshness! You can tell without doubt that the fruit has been left to mature on the tree, so the sugars and acids will have the chance to fully develop and balance into that intense, fresh flavour.
Of all the easy peelers in the Mandarin family, clementines are perhaps the pick of the crop. The fruit is fantastically sweet, aromatic and juicy, with ten to twelve firm yet succulent segments. They have no stones (or very few!) and they are perhaps the easiest to open, with very little pith left behind on the fruit when peeled.
What’s more, leafy clementines are an absolutely stunning sight and brighten up any occasion, with the luscious green leaves providing a stark contrast to the deep orange coloured fruit. They look especially great in a fruit bowl, and add colour to a buffet – they just shout ‘freshness’!
The clementine was reportedly not named until 1902 and is thought to have originated in Algeria or China. At Reynolds, we source our leafy clementines from Spain.
Clementines are packed full of vitamin C and also contain a healthy dose of potassium, calcium, fibre and antioxidants. The fruit will keep fine for 2 to 3 days at room temperature, but best stored in the fridge to prolong shelf-life.
Arguably, our leafy clementines are best simply peeled and eaten, but they also make great additions to salads and sauces, are tangy in jellies or delightful simply roasted with vanilla and caster sugar. Don’t forget to use the zest grated on cakes, mousses or icings and think about how you can incorporate them in cocktails.