Posts tagged ‘clementines’

December 10, 2011

Fruit in the Winter

My favorite article featured on Freshly Pressed today is … Wreck This Journal — Fruit Stickers … It really struck home with me because of my own shopping adventure this morning.  We missed the farmer’s market, but did go to our new Trader Joe’s…and one of the the first things that we noticed were the clamshells full of raspberries and blueberries and blackberries. Where, we wondered, had they come from? Certainly not from anyplace around here. Although I wasn’t collecting fruit stickers today, I was thinking about where these berries hailed from. Someplace just a bit more southerly than where we are.

I do agree that fruit in winter is the biggest challenge that the Family Foodie faces. We all love fruit, and in winter fresh fruit is an amazing treat.  Clementines, oranges, bananas, lemons, and limes are easy to rationalize as fruits that are not produced and never will be produced in our local area. So local isn’t an option, so we don’t deny ourselves.

But berries are a harder choice for this family.  We love berries, and when berries are in season here – we gorge on them – and we are very sad when the local season is over. So when you walk into your local Trader Joe’s and you see berries that look delicious, it is hard to turn and walk away from them.  It’s not hard when the berries look small or dry or green, but when they are round and luscious and it is 40 degrees outside, it takes strength of will not to buy.

I do not know that I can make an entire winter without, but I will say that today we left the store without berries but with clementines, and returned to our local apples in the kitchen.  May will be here soon, right?

January 8, 2011

The Fruit Hater Meets The Clementine

One of dearly beloved children really doesn’t like fruit.  He will tolerate apples and pears, but not much else.  However, he lives with many fruit adorers, and they are always befuddled by his dislike.  But this has been true for many years, and we’ve grown accustomed to his not-so-typical way of being in the world.

But the other night, we were discussing the fruit and vegetable crisis in the U.S. (yes, we really were), and everyone was listing their fruit and veggie consumption for the day, and out of the blue, he said, “I’m going to try a clementine.”

I think you could have heard a pin drop at the table.

We all looked at each other, and released a collective, “Really?!?”

“Uh huh”, he said.

And then, his dad went and picked out the perfect clementine from our rapidly diminishing stash, and peeled it for The Fruit Hater.

And then he sectioned it.

And then, The Fruit Hater picked it up.

A sniff, a pause, a second sniff, some tips delivered from the fruit lovers about the best way to eat clementines, and then, the first small bite, a corner.  And then an enormous grin that I really wished I could have photographed spread across his face.

“What do you think?” we all asked.

“It’s good”, he said, “really good.”

And then he finished it all in about 60 seconds.  And got up from the table, and got another one.

And the next night, he had a tangelo.  And he proclaimed that good too.

Wow.  Who knew that the citrus universe would open up for The Fruit Hater in such a joyous manner.

Next up, berries.

January 3, 2011

Helpful Links for Healthy Eating

Two articles caught my eye in browsing the web…wanted to share them with you.

1. Cooking Light is sponsoring a Year-Long Health Habits Program.  For January, the goal is “Eat More Fruits and Vegetables” — there’s a great motivator calendar you can link to here for inspiration.  Today’s tip, bring in a piece of fruit for snack.  Family Foodie’s current favorite: clementines!  Not local, but oh, so good…and good for you.

2. And, Mark Bittman encourages us all to start cooking more in order to support sustainability, and describes three basic recipes that will take all of us far (lentils and rice are simmering on my stove as I type…).  The article is here, Lentils and Rice recipe here.  What is great about Bittman is that he shows how easy it is to make variations on a theme.

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