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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Like sweet, deep-orange jewels. No... more like sunshine!

Every year about this time I go a little crazy for a little citrus fruit called a Clementine (Clementina in Hebrew).

For those who have never experienced these treats, a Clementina is a (usually sometimes) seedless Mandarin orange that has a deep orange-red color and is as sweet as candy. 

In Israel, early winter is prime Clementinot season, with every supermarket and produce stand bursting at the seams with these delicious fruits.  I can't pass a store without picking up a dozen... and I have taken to keeping a basket of them on my desk at work to snack on throughout the day.

They practically peel themselves... and once the thin skin has been tossed aside, you are left with an easily sectioned fruit that reminds you of what oranges and tangerines tasted like when you were a kid.

Every office I go into these days has the heady aroma of recently peeled citrus... and everyone's fingertips seem to have little bits of rind around their cuticles.  I even tossed a half a dozen clementinot in my parent's bag before they left on a three day tiyul up north this week... knowing that they would be a perfect snack for the bus. 

I love this time of year.  I get to keep little round bits of sunshine right on my desk!

Clementinot  

Posted by David Bogner on December 11, 2008 | Permalink

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little round bits of sunshine

i love that! great imagery. we're fans of those bits too...

Posted by: nikki | Dec 11, 2008 12:33:25 PM

My kids love them too because they are so easy to peel.

Posted by: westbankmama | Dec 11, 2008 2:18:08 PM

I am a huge fan too! I just love the stuff and go and buy some at least twice a week.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Dec 11, 2008 2:37:42 PM

love the clementine.
(...going to store)

Posted by: weese | Dec 11, 2008 3:50:33 PM

Yum, we keep a bowl on the kitchen counter and I need to restock constantly. But, I can't believe you didn't boast about the price we pay here! In the states, we were lucky to get a box on sale for $5, here in Israel we get to pay about $0.50 per pound!

Posted by: Rachel | Dec 11, 2008 4:57:47 PM

Did you take that picture? It's amazing. Makes me want one right now.

Posted by: Baila | Dec 11, 2008 5:55:38 PM

My family celebrates Christmas, and the Clementine is the highly desirous thing we crave. I take three of them and stud them with whole cloves and bits of cinnamon sticks, star anise and other spices. The juice mingles joyously with the spices and scents the air with orange bliss. Sigh. Happy Hannukah, friend.

Posted by: Judith | Dec 11, 2008 6:14:35 PM

I could practically smell the aroma of orange peel as I looked at that photo. Mmmmm.

Posted by: Elisson | Dec 11, 2008 7:26:57 PM

I just finished my first 2 of the day! They are definitely pricier here than in Israel, just one more reason I can't wait for next summer and my Aliyah!

Posted by: Jesse | Dec 11, 2008 8:31:00 PM

Here in the USA they are called "Cuties" with little stickers and on sale as a store loss leader, $399 a net bag of maybe 18. They re so sweet. Ground up whole---skin and everything, in the blender with cranberries, and pecans, they make a yummy fresh salad or sauce.

Posted by: Joyce | Dec 11, 2008 9:35:54 PM

Ground up whole????? Sounds like an ad for that torpedo of a kitchen appliance...the vitamix, or something like that...that Jack LaLaine used to advertise. Even monkeys remove the peels!

Posted by: Barzilai | Dec 11, 2008 10:32:55 PM

Totally agree.

The little round sunshine goes hand in hand with winter and snow :-)

I LOVE IT!

Posted by: concernedjewgirl | Dec 11, 2008 10:35:12 PM

Totally agree.

The little round sunshine goes hand in hand with winter and snow :-)

I LOVE IT!

Posted by: concernedjewgirl | Dec 11, 2008 10:35:47 PM

Try them in green salad with avocado, roasted almonds and sesame seeds. Yumski!

Posted by: Noa | Dec 12, 2008 8:10:29 AM

Did oranges taste better 30-40 years ago? Or is that just because of perception?

I love clementines. And tangerines, for that matter.

Posted by: Kiwi the Geek | Dec 12, 2008 10:33:50 AM

They are truly a winter highlight. The best part though is that (in North America) they come in wooden boxes which are GREAT as kindling for a fire in the fireplace!

Posted by: cyberdov | Dec 12, 2008 4:39:45 PM

I love clementines! Just did groceries and you reminded me, that's the one thing I forgot to get... -.- bon appetit!

Posted by: Chantal | Dec 12, 2008 11:14:16 PM

They show up in the teacher's lounge, they show up in the kid's lunches, and I had to keep two boys after school for eating them in class, despite protests that they are good for you, and therefore should be eaten anywhere!

Posted by: balabusta in bluejeans | Dec 15, 2008 9:51:44 AM

I was so taken with Trep's post that I bought a crate and am working my way through it. Thanks Cyberdov for the hint about the kindling - I was just thinking "Hmm, wonder if that would work..."

Posted by: Lisa | Dec 15, 2008 6:35:54 PM

Akiva calls them Tinas...though he sucks the juice out of each section and discards the rest!

Posted by: Noa | Dec 16, 2008 12:39:08 PM

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