clementines

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Winter is cold and dry… but also a season for many of my favourite foods! CLEMENTINES! I remember when I was little, I would sit in the kotatsu (heated table) peeling away at the fruit. No offense to the US, but the clementines cannot compare to the ones I’ve had in Japan. After eating the juicy and sweet ones at my grandparents, it was hard to be satisfied with the small slightly sour versions in the northeast. So moving to Korea, my expectations are high!

We first bought a box of Jeju clementines at a small mart near our apartment a month ago. Jeju is an island off the peninsula and is famous for it’s clementines. I thought they were pretty good, but my foodie partner said they were sour. I guess it was still too early. About a week later, he brought home some jeju clementines a co-worker had brought back from a vacation. These tasted sweeter. Lately, we’ve been trying some other types of clementine/mandarins as they come into season. Even if my foodie partner is disappointed, it tastes much better to me! Only if they weren’t so expensive here too…


冬は寒いし乾燥してる…でもこの季節は私の大好物がたくさん!みかん!小さい頃はよくコタツに入ってみかんを剥いてました。でもアメリカのみかんは日本に比べようがない。おばあちゃんの家で甘くてみずみずしいみかんを食べたら、アメリカの小さい酸っぱいみかんは物足りない。だから韓国に来て期待は高い!

一ヶ月前にアパートの横のスーパーでチェジュ島のみかんを一箱。チェジュ島は韓国のハワイと呼ばれ、みかんが有名。私は結構美味しかったと思ったけど、彼は酸っぱいと。まだ時期が早かったのかもしれない。次の週に彼の会社の同僚が旅行お土産で採ってきたチェジュ島みかんはもっと甘かった。それから、旬になり始めた違う種類のみかんを試してます。彼はがっかりしても、私にとっては美味しい!でもやっぱりここでもみかんは高いね…

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