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Winter’s Candy: Clementines

We all know that fruit is truly nature’s candy, but we don’t typically associate them with the cold winter months. Nonetheless, this season brings us an abundant amount of deliciously sweet candies, with clementines being a popular favorite!

I clearly remember clementine season as a kid. I would gladly eat three a day- one for lunch, one as an after-school snack, and one before bed!

Known for their distinctively sweet, citrusy flavor and easy to peel rind, the seasonal clementine is a powerfully nutritious fruit. In fact, just TWO clementines provide you with the daily amount recommended for Vitamin C! Clementines are also high in fiber, calcium and vitamin A, which means they promote good health and help keep bones and teeth strong!

Did you know? Clementines are part Chinese mandarin orange, but they are native to Spain, Morocco, North Africa and Chile.

Like their citrus relatives, clementines grow on trees in tropical environments. Keep them fresh in dry areas at room temperature. Make sure to select clementines at peak ripeness. They should have glossy, deep orange skins!

Enjoy clementines simply as snacks, but they also taste great in the following:

  • Fruit salad
  • On top of oatmeal
  • In vegetable salads
  • Grain salads
  • In sauces

Clementine Chutney

 

Makes: 2 cups (or about 8, ¼ cup servings)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup apple, diced
  • ¼ cup red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 clementines, peeled, halved horizontally and segmented
  • 1 whole Chile pepper, dried, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger, shaved
  • 1 tablespoon curry
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

 

Optional:

  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • 2 ounces golden raisins

Directions:

  1. In a medium sauté pan, toast the Chile pepper in the olive oil over low heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook over low heat until translucent.
  3. Add the red pepper, apple and ginger. Increase heat slightly to create a slow simmer. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the clementines. (You may want to squeeze some of the clementine juice into the mixture to added citrus flavor.) Cook for about a minute until the mixture takes on the citrusy aroma.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients. Gently stir periodically. Continue to simmer for about 30 minutes or until the chutney thickens. Add more cinnamon, chili pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste if you choose.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 61 Calories, 2 g Fat (<1 g Sat), 1.5 mg Sodium, 10.5 g Carbohydrate, 1.5 g Fiber, 0.5 g Protein

Source: USDA.gov

Article originally published on the Pathmark Wellness Blog

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