Sunday, February 8, 2009

Food of the Week (Week 2): Clementines

"Oh my darlin'
Oh my darlin'
Oh my daaaaarlin' Clementine!
I will peel you
Then I'll eat you
Very yummy

Have you had a clementine (a seedless variety of mandarin orange) yet? Why not? They are delicious! They are little! They are cute! 

Have you, like me, ever not eaten an orange because you didn't have the energy to peel it?
Well, clementines are the answer to this dreadful dilemma. They are so, so easy to peel. You won't even believe how easy they are to peel. My niece told me her Weight Watchers leader says all you have to do is sneeze and they're peeled. That's pretty close to the truth.

This is clementine season--right now. Hurry, because I don't think it lasts much longer. I buy 5 lb boxes at Costco, but you can get them at just about any supermarket. Don't be put off if the clementines seem a little squishy. That is likely because there is often space between the peel and the fruit (hence the ease of peeling). Just watch out for mold or crushed fruit that may have contaminated the whole bag/box. 

Here's what you get from a delicious clementine (besides deliciousness)-

3.5 ozs of fruit (2 very small or 1 very large):

50 calories
1.7 grams fiber
80% of your RDA of vitamin C
B vitamins
juicy goodness
a delightful citrus fragrance

1) Yes, I did create a bonnet for a piece of fruit. You wanna make something of it?
2) I also rhymed "you" with "you" in my "song." Sue me.


Wendi said...

LOVE the bonnet AND the cute little face you drew on it. :) I'm a poet too... ;) And I do enjoy me a good Clementine during the Christmas season. Thanks for the fun post, Holly. :)

liz said...

Oh, I thought this was you! It was so cute that it had your handiwork written on it. Hilarious! You are one clever clementine, which, by the way, is a delicious idea today.

liz said...

P.S. I meant the clementines being a delicious idea! (That last sentence didn't come out quite right...)

Diane said...

Cute bonnet. I just picked up a box the other day at Costco, but was worried I wouldn't eat them all before they spoiled. My grandson asks where the little oranges are...

queen40 said...

I think I look more for your pictures than the actual posts!
Love clementines, who doesn't?