Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter Bounty: Clementines!

In the wintertime, I used to be very sad that the Farmer's Market was closed. No more fresh local veggies, no more deliciously sweet, ripe berries and peaches. No juicy watermelons or plump, bright red tomatoes. All the foundation of my eating for summer was gone! But then I discovered the wonderful array of fruits and vegetables that are only in season in the wintertime. Take, for example, the Clementine:

A Clementine is a kind of mandarin orange. It's usually little... smaller than a lemon. Now, let me first state that I am a bit of a citrus snob. I never really liked oranges. In fact, I am still not a fan of your everyday orange. The white is too bitter, and I hate peeling it all off. And then the membrane is all chewy and tough, ick. I admit I used to be one of those people who'd cut an orange into wedges and then bite them to release the juice, suck it all out, and throw the rest of the orange away. I was only in it for the juice. I hate chewing tough membranes and I hate the feel of white pith in my mouth. But these... oh these Clementines are fantastic. They are super easy to peel... the peel just comes right off with your fingers. There is *very* little pith stuck on the outside of the wedges. The membranes are so thin I *never* have to spit one out. There are NO seeds! And the little segments are so super sweet and juicy it is like eating candy! Delicious!

Since I am a very picky Clementine freak, I will add that I prefer one particular kind/brand of Clementines over all others: Cuties. I have tried other things that look like Clementines: tangerines, Satsumas... I don't like them. I always come back to Clementines. (I tell you this because even if you *think* you have tried fruit that looked like a "little orange," you might not have tried a Clementine! Try different varieties til you find one you like, and if you can find Cuties, go for it!)

Clementines are small and delicious but only have about 35 calories each! They'll satisfy your sweet tooth while providing you with lots of vitamin C, along with some fiber, B vitamins, and potassium. Go out and get some Clementines while you can... last year, the variety I love disappeared in January or February along with my beloved pomegranates.

Enjoy the winter bounty! This stuff is better than candy.

23 comments:

Shelley said...

Funny, I am eating a few Cuties while reading your blog...and I believe you posted about clementines last year, which is when I first tried and fell in LOVE with them!

Jodie said...

Love clementines too! Just bought some today!

TB--Milwaukee said...

I like the Cuties too. I could sit and eat way too many though. Glad my whole family seems to like them though.

spunkysuzi said...

I always thought clementines had lots of seeds! Guess i'll have to try them.

Tamzin said...

YES! I totally get you on the whites. Bleck! I peel the insides out so that all that I have are the little bits.

I'm going to be getting a box of teh lovely cuties too! They are such a treat.

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Tammy said...

I just found the California Cuties last week and yesterday I bought my 2nd bag of them. Walmart has them for $4.00....and yes, 35 cals each...I'm so in love with these things. :)

Anonymous said...

As soon as I finish the bag of oranges I just bought, Cuties will be on my list. Thanks for writing about them.

Julie Lost and Found said...

I've never heard of the Cuties. We have "darling clementines" here and they're pretty good! My kids love them. I'm trying to work on changing my kids' eating habits also and having clementines always on hand helps alot in the snack area!

Lee said...

I think my family (including a big manly-man, 6 ravenous kids and myself) have polished off at least 5 each of the 4 lb. bags of Cuties from Walmart.

That's 20 lbs. of Clementines. And I seriously rationed them over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the following weekend.

Deb said...

I'm with you on the oranges. I want to like citrus because it's so good for you. Clementines are about the only form of citrus I can stand to eat as a whole fruit.

Ruth Anne & Josh said...

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bbubblyb said...

Oh, how I love clementines and so does my daughter. I too don't much like oranges but clementines always make me so excited. I don't know if I've had the cutie ones but will definitely look for them next time I go to get a new supply. I bet I eat 6-10 in a day easy.

Funny how your past two posts have been so ME *smile*. Those batwings are a big issue for me too. I've always called them turkey wings lol. I know for me no matter how much weight training I do the bottom half of my arm just gets thinner and longer lol.

Hope you have a great New Years Lyn.

Vickie said...

we are cutie fans too! love them.

Diana said...

I'm a Clementine and Pomegranate over too. And Cuties brand is my fave. Other brands don't even compare. These are two of my favorite winter fruits.

screwdestiny said...

I love clementines, too! I think normal oranges are great, but if I want something that I can, say, pack in a lunch or take on the go, it's definitely clementines because they're so easy to peel and therefore make less of a mess.

Me said...

You so don't want to know how many kilos of clementines I have eaten over the last two months! Seriously!
I have been known to eat a whole bag, usually about a kilo, a day!
Not good, I know, but it beats a chocolate bar! LOL Had 3 already this morning.

Winivere said...

In this area, at this time, oranges and red grapefruit are in season because they are grown here. I love them... probably because fresh and don't have to be shipped from somewhere else... but Clementines don't show up too often. Will need to keep my eyes open for them.

Happy New Year!
XX

amsterwill83 said...

Mmmm, I love clementines too! I have 2 sitting on my desk right now for my mid-morning snack... can't wait to enjoy them!

K said...

I love clementines! They are the best. I just found your blog and am enjoying it quite a bit!

M said...

Wow, I am SO happy to know I am not alone with just getting the juice out of even just tangerines! Being a Florida native I'm right with you on the citrus snob thing. :)
I see Cuties in my near future!
Thanks and love your blog....I'm right there with ya.

Clementine said...

I love clementines so much, I took them as my pseudonym. :) I'm a total citrus snob, too. Don't much like plain oranges. But LOVE clems and eat several of them a day this time of year. I love how easy they are for my kids to enjoy, too.

Hanlie said...

Oh absolutely! I love citrus fruit, so I never feel deprived in winter. And they are so incredibly good for you!