Clemenvilla is a high quality, seedless hybrid mandarin. 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. The eating quality is more satisfying as flavour is enhanced by high levels of sweetness with a good acid balance. Visually, the fruit is very attractive having a smooth, fine, often blemish-free surface of appealing reddish-orange colouration.
Clemenvilla is an early variety in Florida, maturing in November, but a slightly late variety in Spain, maturing in mid-November.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: *****
Clemenvilla is a very attractive consumer choice of mandarin, often sold in retailers as a tangerine.
Sweet, firm, flavoursome
Names: Clemenvilla (Spain); Nova (South Africa, Morocco, USA); Suntina (Israel).
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 officially released in 1964.
Grown in: Florida, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Uruguay.
Harvest & Availability: Supply of Clemenvilla to UK is generally as follows:
- January: Spain, Morocco, Israel, Turkey
- February: Spain, Morocco, Israel, Turkey
- June: South Africa
- July: South Africa
- August: Argentina, South Africa, Uruguay
- November: Spain
- December: Spain