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Clementine, Corsica

The clementine was born from a cross-pollination that occurred naturally between mandarin and orange tree flowers. While a majority of this hybrid citrus is supplied by Spain and Morocco, the Corsican Clementine is the only clementine grown in France.

The fruit has been granted the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status providing a guarantee of its quality and provenance. With aromatic orange blossom aroma and seedless segments that give way to sweet pulpy flesh, the Corsican clementine is great in marmalades, as candied peel, and in a mélange of confectionary. It also lends its bright and juicy citrus flavour perfectly to salads and sauces for game meats.

Harvesting generally runs from October to January. At the start of the season, the fruit can actually be ripe whilst appearing partially green at the base but the skin gradually gains its orange pigmentation from the cold. The Corsican clementine is usually handpicked and sold with its deep-green leaves still attached, giving an unmistakable indication of the fruit’s freshness.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store.

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Vacherin Mont d'Or, France

Often referred as the “the holy grail of raw milk cheeses”, the Vacherin Mont d’Or is truly a spectacular cheese. This artisanal pale yellow soft rich cheese is made from cow’s milk in France, usually in villages of the Jura region (an origin that has been officially controlled since 1981), and has a greyish-yellow washed rind.

Mont d’Or is a seasonal cheese with an AOC certification available from October to February. As the cheese is so soft and almost liquid after maturation, it is ripened and wrapped with a spruce bark, which adds a welcome woody note to the cheese. Packed in a characteristic spruce box, when matured, the cheese is full flavoured, slightly acidic, and is often served warm in its original packaging and enjoyed like a fondue. Once you pull a warm one out of the oven, and start eating it, it’s impossible to stop.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store.

Retail price: Kindly approach our gourmet store Manager for details.