Clementine: Health Benefits | Facts | Clementine And Mandarins Differences

Clementine
Clementine

Clementine oranges are tiny versions of regular oranges, and they have a tart, tangy and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Family: Mandarin Orange.
  • Scientific name: Citrus reticulate.
  • Clementine is a very rich in fiber which aids proper digest and prevent constipation.
  • Vitamin: Vitamin C, Vitamin B, folate.
  • Mineral: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium

CalciumIt is an essential mineral for gums and teeth and healthy bones.

Iron: It helps metabolize proteins and plays a role in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells. Iron deficiency can lead to conditions like cough, and pre-dialysis anemia, anemia, chronic anemia.

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Manganesean active component of the enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase, is necessary for the proper functioning of enzymes, absorption of nutrients, wound healing, and development of bones in the body. The deficiency of manganese can cause joint pains, poor bone health , and fertility problems.

PhosphorusIt works in association with calcium to create strong bones, which can withstand the normal wear and tear of human life. It also helps in boosting the health of your gums and tooth enamel.

Potassiumrelief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system

  • Clementine out is used in aromatherapy due to it pain relieving and rejuvenating nature. 
  • The fruit is good for weight loss as it contain very low amount of fat and calories.
  • The aromatic smell of Clementine triggers the secretion of a neurotransmitter within the brain which relieves stress and help the body and mind feel relaxed and energetic. It is also promote good sleep.
  • The presence of vitamins and minerals in Clementine makes it very useful in making beauty product like body creams.
  • Clementine helps in maintaining the liver owing to choline, a member of vitamin B-complex. The compound is a useful fat emulsifier. 
  • It is enriched with beta-carotene which is beneficial to the eyes.
  • Clementine fruits have no seed.
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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CLEMENTIE AND MANDARIN.

Mandarin and clementine both belong to the family of oranges, and they are more difficult to distinguish from each other because they look similar to each other; however there is a distinct difference between these two varieties in spite of their many similarities.
Origin:
Clementine: It was created by a French missionary known as Marie-Clement Rodier in Algeria over 100 years ago.
Mandarin: Originated in China.

Growing Countries:
Clementine: Clementine is grown in Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Iran and Turkey.
Mandarin: China is the largest producer and exporter of Mandarin in the world.

Hybridization:
Clementine: Clementine is a hybrid between a Mediterranean citrus and a sweet orange.
Mandarin: Mandarin is not a hybrid variety because according to molecular studies, the mandarin is the ancestors of most other hybrid commercial citrus varieties. Thus, mandarins are more important as a parental species.

Sterility:
Clementine: It contains no seed.
Mandarin: It contains seeds.

Nature of Skin/Peel:
Clementine: The peel is deep orange in colour with a smooth and glossy appearance.
Mandarin: The peel has a pebbly-skinned nature and is not as smooth as Clementine.

Propagation:
Clementine: Shoots need to be grafted.
Mandarin: Seeds or other means (grafting , tissue culture ) can be used for propagation.

Taste:
Clementine: Clementines have a tart, tangy and sweet flavor.
Mandarin: Mandarin oranges are less sweet than Clementine.

Vitamin A content:
Clementine: Clementines have little amount of vitamin A.
Mandarin: Mandarins contains significantly more vitamin A than clementines.
Mandarin
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Varieties:
Clementine: Spanish clementine and Nadorcott are the two main varieties. The Nadorcott variety is famous for its bright red-orange color, thinner peel. It is less sweet and more tart and bitter than the Clemenules/ Spanish clementine.
Mandarin: Varieties include Unshius, satsumas and tangerines.

Uses:
Clementine: They are mainly used as a snack/fruits after main meal.
Mandarin: Mandarins are used for fresh juice, frozen juice concentrate, canning and fruit salad preparation purposes. However, the added sugar in canned mandarin products increases the calorie content and decreases the nutritional value of the fruit. In addition to the fruit, the peel is used as a spice for cooking, baking, drinks, or candy as well as Chinese traditional medicine.

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