My Whole Foods Citrus Showdown–Did Clementines or Satsumas Win?

Chances are you’ve heard (and eaten) a Clementine.  But have you ever heard of Satsumas?  I certainly had not before this showdown!  They are what you may call “Clementine’s Unknown Cousin”. Both of these fruits belong to the mandarin family and have a lot of similarities, but there are a few distinct differences.

Both citrus fruits are seedless and easy to peel and very similar in appearance! In fact we had to be very careful keeping them separate so we wouldn’t mix them up!  While the Satsumas have a bold taste, the Clementines are know for being simply sweet and having a less acidic finish.  We made two separate recipes to compare these two fruits and invited over some of our friends for a holiday dinner to have a broader range of opinions!

In Corner #1:  Clementines.  To showcase this fruit we used the recipe Green Beans with Pecans and Clementine Dressing

This recipe was very easy to make and everyone really enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised that the a couple of the kids enjoyed the green beans with this dressing! I love Clementines but felt like the dressing was a bit too strong.

In Corner #2:  Satsumas.  We created the recipe Spinach Salad with Aduki Beans and Satsuma Vinaigrette for this showdown.

This recipe was definitely a crowd favorite and when compared to the green beans, this recipe won hands down.  We did not include the Aduki beans but it still turned out to have a lot of flavor.  If you want to try this recipe I suggest leaving the dressing on the side when serving.  We combined it with the spinach and I wasn’t able to enjoy it the next day.

Here is what each dish looked like on our dinner plates:

And the winner is…….

Satsumas!  Everyone voted and the winner was the Satsuma dressing-hands down! This was a little shock for the “unknown” to be the winner!

This is the perfect time of the year for citrus fruits and I suggest if you have a Whole Foods store near you to head on down and do your own Citrus Showdown!  I’m anxious to see if you agree with our winner!

Disclosure:  I received a Whole Foods gift card in order to have this showdown.















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