Both fruits are a Mandarin
Yes, it`s true. A mandarin is an overall term – meaning that both mandarins and clementines are actually mandarins. A clementine is just a type of mandarins. It may sound a bit crazy, but still true. And that also means that you are always on the safe side if you call both fruits a mandarin.
However, there is still a difference between Mandarins and Clementines
Yes, both can be called a Mandarin, but you still distinguish them anyway. This is because, although a clementine is always a mandarin, a mandarin is not necessarily a clementine. It may sound a bit wary – I know.
How to spot a Clementine
Not only is a clementine free from grains and has thinner peel than the mandarin, but it is also a bit sweeter. Furthermore, you can spot the clementine by its brighter color of the two – just a tip for when you’re in the supermarket and have to choose. The Mandarin has a dark orange color, while the clementine is much brighter.