Clementines are a hybrid variety of tangerines distinguished by loose, easily peeled shin and sweet juicy flesh. They are also known as mandarin oranges and just as oranges they belong to the citrus family. They're closely related to lemons, pomelos and tangerines.
The tree is smaller than oranges with slender branches and deep green leaves with pointed ends. The fruit is flat, smaller than oranges. Its smooth glossy skin can be peeled rather easily. Inside, it has very sweet, juicy, almost seedless segments.
Clementines have smooth glossy skin, and very sweet, juicy, almost seedless segments.
As in oranges, Tangerines are very low in calories. Nevertheless, they are valuable sources of flavonoid anti-oxidants like narigenin, hesperetin, vitamin A, carotenes, xanthins and luteins; in fact many times higher than in oranges. In addition, these citrus fruits are very rich sources of vitamin C, a powerful natural anti-oxidant, which has many essential roles like collagen synthesis, wound healing, anti-viral, anti-cancer activity, and helps prevent from neuro-degenerative diseases, arthritis, and cold by removing oxidant free radicals from the body.