Cuties are coming ... clementines get more ink

12/03/2012 09:18:00 AM
Tom Karst

Navels still rule in California, with total navel acreage of 130,000 acres compared with 43,000 acres for clementines/mandarins. But the easy-peeling citrus is gaining traction.

As California clementine output has soared, U.S. imports of Spanish clementines have sagged, from $98 million in 2007 to $79 million in 2011. Other Southern Hemisphere clementine suppliers have fared better.

If the aging citrus relative grapefurit has struggled to define itself, the Cutie and other clementine brands have had all the breaks and buzz, with more apparently to come.


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Patrick Keenan    
Southbury CT 06488  |  December, 05, 2012 at 09:39 PM

There has been a change in the name of Tangerines. When I was kid Tangerins were the same size of Clementines, however they were much sweeter and had a loose skin making it very easy to peel. now the name has been reversed. Clementins now have all the charactistis of the old Tangerine. I have even purchased them with both names on the bag. None of this makes sencefrom a consumers stand point. why was this change made. Thank you.

John    
florida  |  December, 07, 2012 at 07:19 AM

When you said they "get more ink," I thought you meant they were going to start adding color to them like they do with the navel oranges. That is a practice I'm hugely against, because it deceives by giving a false sense of the ripeness and nutrient-density of the fruit.

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