The Importance of Clementine Quality Control & Testing
Mandarins, clementines, tangerines, satsumas… let’s call the whole thing off, once and for all. While clementines do resemble other kinds of segmented citrus fruit such as tangerines and satsumas, the clementine is actually its own natural, spontaneous hybrid. A clementine can be recognized by its shape, slightly wider than it is tall and there are three types: seedless, clementines that have up to 10 seeds, and monreal clementines that have more than 10 seeds inside.
In comparison to other citrus fruits, clementines do not need as much heat, which makes them hardier and more robust in adverse growing conditions. Clementines 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 the fruit, too. One solution for all stakeholders in the clementine quality control value chain? That’s the dream.
Common Clementine Defects
The following defects are the ones that are most likely to affect clementine quality across the supply chain:
Common Attributes for Clementine Quality Evaluation
The following internal and external clementine attributes are commonly used for quality evaluation: