The flesh inside is orange, ripe and edible, but as a result of recent warm weather in Spain the skins have failed to turn the normal color.
By selling the so-called easy-peelers with green skins that resemble limes, the supermarket says it will slash food waste by giving them up to two days' extra shelf life.
Green satsumas are already in the shops and clementines — a Christmas favourite — will follow shortly. Tesco claims to be the first supermarket to relax the rules on this type of fruit.
“At the moment green easy-peelers fall outside of the general quality specifications set by U.K. supermarkets but Tesco has made the leading move in order to cut down on food waste,” said Tesco’s citrus buyer, Debbie Lombaard. “As a result of this move to take out a handling stage in the journey from farm to fork shoppers will gain extra freshness for their satsumas and clementines.”
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