in season: clementines - Zupas

Author: Deborah Harroun

Posted by | November 29, 2012 | Deborah, Seasonal | No Comments

Every year, I look forward to the day that I see those boxes full of clementines hit the store shelves.  I love oranges, but I love this little easy to peel fruit even more.  They are super sweet, and the perfect size for a snack!

The clementine is a variety of mandarin orange, and is less acidic than an orange.  They are easy to peel and seedless, which make them perfect snacks for kids.  When looking for clementines, choose fruit that are heavy for their size and that are not wrinkled or puffy, which can mean that they are overripe.  Stored at room temperature, they should last about a week, but they will last much longer if they are stored in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Each clementine is only about 35 calories and about 60% of your daily requirement of vitamin C.  And now is the time to get your fill – clementines are typically only available at your grocery store from October to January.

As easy and as delicious as they are for snacking, clementines are good for cooking and baking as well.  Here are a few recipes from around the web for great ways to use those clementines!

Clementine Mousse Cheesecake from Willow Bird Baking
Chocolate Dipped Clementines from Running to the Kitchen
Sweet and Savory Brussel Sprouts from Edible Perspective
Cutie Cake from One Particular Kitchen
Sauteed Chicken with Clementine Salsa from Circle B Kitchen

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