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Pete Luckett describes the oranges of December

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Small, seedless, juicy and with a peel that even a child can remove, clementine oranges are a sweet reminder that the holiday season is upon us. Grown in Spain or Morocco, they're a popular import in eastern Canada, while in the west, the similar but larger mandarin orange dominates. But, as greengrocer Pete Luckett warns in this 1988 CBC-TV clip, don't confuse either with a tangerine, notable for its abundant seeds and inferior flavour.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Dec. 1, 1988
Commentator: Pete Luckett
Host: Peter Downie
Duration: 2:01

Did You know?


• In the early 20th century, oranges were a rare Christmas treat for many families in Canada. P.E.I. storyteller David Weale writes: "For children who ate oatmeal porridge for breakfast virtually every day of their lives, and had molasses on bread most days in their school lunch; for children who looked at fried potatoes almost every evening for supper and considered turnip scrapings a special evening snack; for these children an orange was a marvel, something almost too wonderful and prized to be eaten - an exotic, sensuous wonder." 

 

 


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