The Importance of Quality Control & Testing for Easy Peelers (Clementines and Mandarins)
Mandarins, clementines, tangerines, satsumas… let’s call the whole thing off, once and for all. You may feel that segmented citrus fruit such as clementines and mandarins all look the same, but they are actually unique. The clementine is its own natural, spontaneous hybrid, recognized by its shape (slightly wider than it is tall), and usually seedless. Mandarins are usually slightly bigger, and not all types are seedless. Clementines also tend to be softer and sweeter than mandarin oranges, but we’ll forgive you if you can’t tell the difference!
In comparison to other citrus fruits, clementines and mandarins do not need as much heat, which makes them hardier and more robust in adverse growing conditions. Easy peelers that come from the hottest regions in the world such as Africa, California, and the Mediterranean basin will bear fruits earlier in the season, and be of a tastier quality and a larger size.
To provide consumers with the best possible quality, controls need to be put in place from the earliest stages – in the field. Growers need to be careful about pests, temperature control, and handling. Wholesalers should think about transport, humidity, and storage conditions, while retailers need to consider shelf life, and both visible and internal defects. All the while, new business use cases such as online marketplaces should consider how they will garner more data about this type of fruit, too. One solution for all stakeholders in the clementine and mandarin quality control value chain? That’s the dream!
Common Easy Peeler Defects
The following defects are the ones that are most likely to affect clementine and mandarin quality across the supply chain:
Common Attributes for Easy Peeler Quality Evaluation
The following internal and external clementine and mandarin attributes are commonly used for quality evaluation: