Dear Fresh Farms Customers,
Aside from Sour Patch Kids’ Sour Watermelon candies, which are my personal unhealthy favorite, Clementines are just about the most convenient, tasty treat that you can reach for when on the go. Honestly, think of something else hat comes from the ground, has a protective peel to keep out dirt or grime, and is ready to eat as fast as those fingers can peel back the peel? OK! Oranges…and really any other citrus fruit I get it. The point is that clementines are convenient AND healthy. So let’s see how these tasty little balls of orange goodness can be eaten other than going full on Attila-the-Hun on them in this weeks World Wednesday!
Country of Origin
China. The story goes that clementines were invented by a Frenchy named Pierre Clement who, like all other clergymen that are posted in countries thousands of miles from home while trying to convert people who don’t speak the same language to a religion they’ve never heard of, needed a hobby. From there they were spread throughout the world, “similarly to oranges, mandarins and their hybrids (the Chinese were skilled gardeners) would have found their way to the Mediterranean through ancient trade routes, arriving in England in the early 19th century. Clementines from North Africa arrived a century later” (FoodandTravel).
Clementines are mainly eaten on their own, yea they’re THAT good. They can also be added to salads, desserts but favorite of all…MEAT. Clementines, like almost any other citrus fruit, can add a lot of unique flavor to fish, chicken or pork. Beef is a little trickier so unless you’re looking to be cast for the next episode Iron Chef, leave it be.
Okay, enough with the lessons its time to cook. Since it’s the week of Chinese New Year I felt its only right to pay homage to a holiday that is celebrated by more than 1/6 people on earth with a Chinese Dish; Clementine-Soy Chicken Thighs.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Tucking aromatics under the skin of your chicken thighs and roasting them at a high heat makes them delicate and crispy while keeping the meat juicy and delicious. This recipe calls for Clementines, those can be substituted with Naval Oranges just make sure you have enough for ¼ cup of juice.
Since this recipe produces a lot f extra juice, which is full of flavor, making rice alongside it to soak up all of that flavor is always a good idea. Now you have a Chinese-inspired dish that uses clementines as a main ingredient, go forth and cook!
Fresh Farms International Produce Market
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“Clementines.” FoodandTravel.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.
“Clementine-Soy Chicken Things.” Healthanddelicious.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.