Clemenvilla is a high quality, seedless, hybrid mandarin, also known as Nova (South Africa, USA) or Suntina (Israel). The thin peel comes away reasonably easily to reveal tight, firm segments that burst with flavour. The segments are significantly more solid than the soft nature of a true Clementine, but equally satisfying with a high sugar:acid ratio. Visually, the fruit is very attractive having a smooth, fine, often blemish-free, surface of appealing reddish-orange colouration.
Origin: Clemenvilla originated in Florida in 1942 from a cross between Fina and Orlando Tangelo. FC Gardner and J Bellows were the plant breeders and the variety was only officially released in 1964.
Grown in: Florida, Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Uruguay.
Harvest & Availability: Clemenvilla is an early variety in Florida, maturing in November, but a slightly late variety in Spain, maturing in late-November.
On European markets:
Late November to February: from Spain, Israel, Turkey
June to August: from Argentina, South Africa, Uruguay