The Corsican clementine

A heavenly treat...

The clementine was born from a cross-pollination that occurred naturally between mandarin and orange tree flowers. It arrived here in Corsica from the other side of the Mediterranean where it was first discovered hundreds of years ago growing in the grounds of an orphanage near Oran in Algeria. It took its name from Father Clement, who first discovered it.

The Corsican clementine is the only clementine grown in France. It is mainly grown in the east of the island. Harvesting generally runs from October to January. However, not all varieties ripen at the same time: the Caffin ripens early, the common SRA variety and Oraval in mid-season, and the Nules later on.

The Corsican clementine has been granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status providing a guarantee of its quality, provenance and freshness. This Europe-wide accreditation also serves to ensure protection of origin, reinforcing the message that the attributes of the Corsican clementine are derived exclusively from the island's soil and the expertise of its agriculture.

The fine and shiny skin of the Corsican clementine gains its colour through ripening naturally on trees without any artificial enhancement.  However, at the start of the season, the fruit can actually be ripe whilst appearing partially green at the base. This is because the skin gains its orange pigmentation from the cold. It is harvested by hand with its leaves still attached. PGI-approved producers use environmentally-friendly farming methods.

Rich in vitamins and trace minerals, this delicately tangy, succulent fruit will inject rays of sunshine into the heart of your winter!



Site : www.clementine-corse.fr

List of producers

Casinca - Castagniccia - Costa Verde

Jean Jacques FIESCHI

Fieschi Maraichage

  07 88 25 23 63 |   fieschi.maraichage@orange.fr

Jean-Paul MANCEL

PGI clementines – PGI Halzenuts - Holiday-cottage rentals

  06 10 07 76 90 |   info@gites-corsica.com

Corsica Livantina

Jean-André CARDOSI

Domaine de Vignarella

PGI / AB (organic) clementines - PGI / AB (organic) kiwis

  06 21 40 58 70 |   aurorecardosi@gmail.com

Laurent et Claudine GERANDI

E RONDOLINE

PGI Clementines - Oranges

  06 09 10 64 53 |   laurent.gerandi@wanadoo.fr |   www.clementines-erondoline.com

Jean-Georges MARCADAL et Fils

SOLEDORU

Clementine IGP

  06.17.32.89.60. / 06.14.80.70.34. |   marcadal@soledoru.fr

Cendrine MURA

Apples

  06 23 30 35 11 |   cendrinemura@hotmail.fr

Jeanne - Sandrine SALVAT - CIMINO

Les Saveurs de Jeanne

Artisanal citrus fruits jams – Citrus tree orchards

  06 37 67 80 06 / 06 20 11 51 53 |   les saveursdejeanne2b@orange.fr

Sartinesi Valincu Taravu

Virginie VELLUTINI

U Biortu

Organic jams

  04 95 24 35 18 |   vellutini.v@gmail.com |   www.biocorse.fr