Monday, November 22, 2010

Smack in the Middle of Satsuma Season

For shame!  I walked into a local supermarket the other day and saw this display right at the front door:

Why are these clementines from 500 miles away taking up prime grocery real estate?
Nothing against clementines, but our local satsumas are a toothsome, fragrant mandarin orange that has been grown here for well over 100 years. 

This is what should be at the front of every supermarket in the Gulf South right now:

Satsumas may not be showy, but they're soooooooo good!
Okay, they're kinda ugly compared to the perfectly shaped and uniformly orange clementines.  They are all shades of orange, yellow, and green when ripe.  Their skin is lumpy and loose -- so easy to peel.  They are sweet, tender, juicy, and practically seedless.  Around our house, we just live for satsuma season.  

Thank you, Clementine, but while satsumas are in season we have no need for other citrus.


  1. Hi Angelle, thanks for visiting my blog! I totally agree with you about the satsumas, how easy they are to peel and how good they taste. We have them out here in CA too.

  2. I AGREE!

    I LOVE Satsumas and was so delighted to find them a the outdoor market!

    I can't wait to get more. I'll take satsumas any day! and yes we should (local supermarkets) support our local community!

  3. I'm with you, Collette. I understand that they sell other citrus, but at least they should put the satsuma in the place of honor!


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