Clementine or Citrus reticulata is the fruit of the Clementine tree and offers many health benefits and virtues.
It belongs to the Rutaceae family.
Clementine is a hybrid of tangerine with bitter orange. Clementine does not grow in the wild. This citrus is only enjoyed during winter.
Several varieties of clementine exist: the fine ones (like the Corsican clementine), the larger Oroval, and the slightly flattened and seedless Nules.
Read also: how to grow the clementine tree well
Clémentine, for the record
The clementine, originally from Oran in Algeria, was born in the twentieth century, thanks to Father Clément, hence its name "clementine".
It was in 1925 that Corsica began to cultivate it.
Today Spain and Morocco supply Europe with clementines.
Clementine: benefits and virtues
> Clementine for immune system:
It contains a lot of vitamin C (18.7 mg / 100g). Vitamin C actively participates in the immune system. Especially during winter when we are more vulnerable, it protects our body from viral attacks.
> Clementine for eye health :
It contains beta-carotene, a pigment which is involved in vision and which prevents degeneration of the macula (area of the retina where the photoreceptors essential for color vision are accumulated).
> Clementine for consolidate the bones :
Carotenoids (pigments) strengthen, protect and stimulate bone production. Carotenoid deficiency can cause osteoporosis. It is recommended for the elderly.
> Clementine for the heart :
Flavonoids, plant substances contained in clementines, reduce the level of bad cholesterol. Thus, clementines prevent the risk of cardiovascular disease and ensure good vascularization of the heart.
> Clementine, a powerful antioxidant :
This citrus fruit is rich in anti-oxidants; vitamin C but also vitamin E, which protects the skin from aging. It stimulates cell proliferation and strengthens the elasticity of the skin.
Its anti-oxidants also prevent uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells.
> Clementine, source of potassium :
Potassium present in large amounts (154mg / 100g), reduces cramps and hypertension.
Rich in trace elements minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and phosphorus, clementine remineralizes.
It is also rich in water (87%), it quenches thirst.
> Clementine, for a better transit :
This is an excellent laxative, effective for digestive disorders.
Clementine essential oil is very relaxing. It is indicated in cases of insomnia, stress or anxiety.
She is antispasmodic and it is also a very good analgesic against liver and stomach pain.
> Internal use :
Stomach pain, poor digestion: 2 to 3 drops of essential oil with a tablespoon of honey, or on a square of sugar after a meal.
> External use :
To relax: A few drops of essential oil in your bath, relaxation guaranteed!
For sportive people : In the form of massage, it soothes muscle pain and cramps.
Medications mixed with citrus fruits can cause drug interactions.
Clementine essential oil is not recommended for pregnant women.
Clementine in the kitchen:
The nutritional benefits of clementine:
Calories: 48.5 kcal / 100g
Carbohydrates: 9.20 g / 100g
Clementine finishes your meals very well, plain or in fruit salad with raisins and cinnamon.
Its zest will perfume your desserts very well: cakes, crème brûlée, chocolate mousse.
How about a clementine jam?
For lovers of sweet and savory, the zest of the clementine will enhance your dishes (duck, beef bourguignon and fish)
> Try the smart gardening recipe: chocolate clementines.
> Gourmet idea:
Clementine salad - avocados with its clementine juice vinaigrette from the smart garden. See the recipe>
Kitchen: discover our recipes based on clementines
Clementine, beauty tips :
Clementine essential oil has properties in cosmetology. It is effective against warts, stretch marks, pimples and cellulite.
Acne: Apply the essential oil to a cotton ball and dab on the pimples.
Cellulite : Massage the areas with essential oil of clementine.
She is too moisturizing : dilute a few drops of essential oil in your shower gel.
For the greasy hair : dilute a few drops of essential oil in your shampoo.
A natural deodorant: Mix the zest of the clementine. This results in a liquid, healthy and natural for your armpits. Keep it cool.
(Works with any citrus).
Smart tip about clementine:
Store your clementines: At room temperature they can only be kept for 6 days. And ten days in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator.
> Perfume your interior :
Stick cloves all over the clementine. Place your clementine on a radiator, it will give off a fruity and pleasant smell.
Ideal in winter with raclette!
Activity with your toddlers: Clementine candle.
Cut the clementine in half. Empty the hat. Pour some olive oil into the saucer. Also put a drop on the filament which extends the peduncle.
Switch on and stay nearby.