Wednesday, January 03, 2007

My darlin Clementine

I have never been a big fan of oranges or other types of citrus. I like lemons and limes but they are not the kind of fruit that you peel and eat. Oranges just had too much white stuff left on them after you peeled them. My obsessive peeling personality would not let me eat them until they were completely free of the white gunk. Grapefruit was just....... well we will not even go there. I do buy them now and then because my husband loves to peel them and eat them like oranges.

On a bit of a lark I bought a few tangerines for the kids to eat. I was wanting to branch out a bit in the kinds of fruit we ate and tangerines were perfectly kid sized. The big downfall I discovered was that they had seeds that had to be removed before the kids could eat them. When I heard about clementines (which are seedless tangerines) I was overjoyed. It was the perfect solution to the whole seed problem.

Evan lost interest in tangerine eating just after I made the trek to Trader Joe's to buy a box of clementines. Harry decided that he still liked the juice but had no actual interest in eating the whole thing so I was left with a bunch of fruit that I did not want to go to waste. I decided to take the plunge and eat one. They were especially bred so that they were easy to peel. That meant that there was very little white gunk to peel off. I took one bite and was in heaven. I am now a citrus convert and am happily eating my way through the box.

9 comments:

chichimama said...

Yumm. I love clementines too. Glad you saw the light!

txmommy said...

clementines are my favorite citrus!

CHEL said...

clementines rock. I buy a big box about every 3 days. My boys and I eat them all day.

Mel said...

I'm going to have to get some! Yummy!

Tracy said...

I love clementines too. They are very easy to peel just with your fingers and do not leave any white stuff behind. And for kids ~ they're the perfect size. Enjoy being part of the citrus world :)!

Jenifer said...

I buy them occasionally, however my daughter thinks that she needs to take the wedges and squeeze them in her little hands and "make juice". Therefore they are more of a mess than anything right now!

If you like the taste of citrus but not the mess or the "white gunk" try the canned. I think it's Del Monte that puts out a Citrus Salad. It comes in a clear mason jar packed in water and it had pink and white grapefruit and oranges. YUMMY!! I was absolutely addicted to them when i was pregnant with my son!

j said...

i really got to get over to trader joe's. i love that place.

chelle said...

We had never experienced them until we came to California .... we like them and Becca would 10 a day if we let her!

Anne/kq said...

Setsumas are my very favorite. Mmmmm. I love tangerines.

Unfortunately, so does my toddler, so I hardly ever get any! She will go through about seven in one sitting if you let her. Her favorite part of dinner at Papa's (Grandpa's) house is that he always has tangerines on the table. We have to hide them, and the other fruit, from her if we want her to eat the rest of her meal first.