Their dazzling color and shape are too lovely to believe. Shall I buy them for Christmas? Shall I give them as a gift?
No, dear readers, these are not rubies or diamonds in a jewelry store but Mandarin oranges in the supermarket! (Clementines are very similar)
Every Winter, they start showing up in cute wooden crates, and I think, should I buy all of those? And every time that I do, my family finishes them off in record time.
Oranges ripen in Fall and get sent around the country from warm climates starting in November. You see them all year round, but their REAL season is Winter.
They are easy to peel, portable, and tasty. You could eat 3 of them and still be under 100 calories for your snack. Isn't that incredible? And you would be doing your body a favor, especially with all that Vitamin C you will be getting for the cold and flu season.
One warning, my two year old son once ate 5 in a sitting and then he had a "bottom" burn when they exited the next day. I learned to cut him off at 4 Mandarins.
Buy them, share them, put them in your Christmas stocking, your purse, briefcase, lunchbox.... Just enjoy!
Please share your favorite Winter snacks in the comment section below.