This time of year, I can resist the candies, the cookies and the cakes. It's the clementines that catch my eye.
Called Christmas oranges because they are in peak season between November and January, the diminutive orange fruits are a holiday tradition.
From the time they first appear in stores, I keep a box in our house. A half-dozen or so take up residence on my desk and must constantly be replenished. A couple of others end up in my purse for on-the-go snacking. And the rest are displayed on a platter in the kitchen so my Vitamin C fix is never out of reach. I keep these seedless sweeties on hand until at least the first of the year. By then, I'm usually burned out on them!
Clementines (and their much-confused brethren, tangerines) are guilt-free holiday treats.
35 calories, 0 g fat, 1 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 1 g protein,
1 g fiber, 60% RDA vitamin C
How to pick them:
Clementines should be slightly hard but have some flexibility in their skin, heavy for their size, and not have any deep grooves. They should be bright orange in size. The skin should feel smooth and thin.
Are you a fan of clementines and tangerines? How do you eat them?
(Photo: of the clementines currently on my desk)
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