Thursday, December 13, 2007

mutant clementines

Have we crossed a point where citrus growers no longer market actual clementines? After two boxes of the fruit, I can only guess that we are being sold another variety packed in clementine boxes. Or perhaps they've developed a hybrid variety. Either way, they're not as good as they've been in the past.

To wit, true clementines should have the following characteristics:
  • Loose, bumpy rind that peels off easily
  • Smallish, flat body
  • No seeds
  • Loose sections
  • A sweet, almost-mandarin flavor

Instead, what has come out of the clementine boxes is:
  • A rind more reminiscent of a navel or valencia orange
  • Full, round body
  • Occasional seeds
  • Densely packed sections that have to be pulled apart
  • The tart, orange-y flavor usually associated with common varieties

I've done a bit of internet research, but haven't turned up anything yet. Anyone know?

(pictures to come)