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How to pick a good crate of clementines

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How to pick a good crate of clementines

Alright, all you grocery shoppers out there. Cough up your tips and tricks for picking a good crate of clementines!

What do you do to check them out before you choose one? How can you get the sweetest ones with the fewest seeds?
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there are ones that are seedless to begin with. maybe max, each has 1 seed in it.
its generally hard to tell considering, its pretty hard to get the out of the crate to check them out. i would say they're all pretty good, small corner stores check them through ahead of time and toss out the bad ones.
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A. Never ever buy the first week or so nor the last week or so of the clementine crop.
B. Always choose the ones from Morocco...the blue labeled ones are what I go after.
C. Look for seedless label if any. It's always hit and miss in this sort of situation.
D. I squeeze the clementines gently and try to make sure that they're somewhat firm.
E. I look for ones that are orangey-roundish with an inset bottom (when you turn them over it looks like a dimple)

I take clementine shopping VERY seriously since it's the only citrus fruit I eat for the entire year. When I get a good crate, I'm scarfing those little guys down 2-3 at a time. :lol:
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Also if you can check the fruit itself, there are a few things you should take into consideration:
- take a look at the color, make sure it's a nice bright orange and not some off color yellow.
- check the weight, make sure it's not too light (means it's dry inside)* the heavier the fruit, the more juicy it is inside.
- sniff and make sure there's a good strong citrus smell to it (means it's ripe)*
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Asagiri wrote:
Nov 27th, 2007 12:00 am
- take a look at the color, make sure it's a nice bright orange and not some off color yellow.
- check the weight, make sure it's not too light (means it's dry inside)* the heavier the fruit, the more juicy it is inside.
Yep, two good points there. The heavier the fruit the more liquid it has.

As an addendum to squeezing them gently, what you want is a fruit that does feel like the flesh has moved away from the rind. At the same time you don't want fruit that has a really thin skin which makes them a bit difficult to peel. No idea how to ascertain that...yet. :|
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IronMac wrote:
Nov 27th, 2007 5:19 pm
Yep, two good points there. The heavier the fruit the more liquid it has.

As an addendum to squeezing them gently, what you want is a fruit that does feel like the flesh has moved away from the rind. At the same time you don't want fruit that has a really thin skin which makes them a bit difficult to peel. No idea how to ascertain that...yet. :|
Yeah. fruit away from the rind makes it easier to peel. Better enjoyment.
but,
Thin skin is a good thing... means there is more fruit. check for smoothness.
Thick rough skin is not something you want.
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i always have trouble buying a good crate of it. always end up with more than half crate rotten before i even get to it. prefer buying the individual ones that you can pick from the pile.
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