Clementine Duet

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With this small painting in your kitchen or dining room, you’ll always have a conversation starter, and a reason to tell the story of the clementines to your guests.

In the late 19th century, Brother Marie-Cement tended the citrus garden in an Algerian orphanage. He made grafts and recorded his experiments in notebooks. Unfortunately, his notebooks were water damaged and didn’t survive. Father Roger Tabard, an archivist, wrote of the experiments, though.

“There was in the field, at the edge of Wadi Misseghin, an uncultivated tree that had grown there among thorns. It was not a mandarin or an orange tree: its redder fruit mandarins were delicious in flavor, and most had no glitches. This is what Brother Clement told the young Arab who had tasted it. Interested in these fruits, our arborist decided to transplant with grafts of the miraculous tree. The operation was successful. We then multiplied the grafts and the new tree was given the name of clementine.”

 

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