Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Firsts - Pixie Tangerines

Friday Firsts

Happy Friday everybody! I've had a bit of a stressful week due to a difficult teacher assignment and Johnny being sick. Like really, really sick. I had to take him to the ER Wednesday night for fluids and meds, but he seems to be a little better although he's still busy sleeping it off. Thanks for your well wishes on Twitter the past few days!

Last grocery trip I spotted this bag of pixie tangerines next to the other citrus and on a whim threw them in the cart for my first this week. I've been a little more adventurous grabbing new-to-me ingredients since starting Friday Firsts - how about you?

I think what intrigued me most was the promise of being sweet and juicy right on the packaging. I absolutely hate grabbing fruit of any kind and then realizing it's a dud. A beautiful red watermelon tasting like sour nothingness, or a promising orange peeled to reveal shriveled, dry tasteless wedges. It's such a let down!

After some quick googling I learned that these tangerines are grown in the concentrated area of Ojai, California. They were developed in the 1920s and have been available to the public since the 1960s. They're usually seen in stores late Spring and just have one crop a year, so I'm glad I snatched them up!

They were ridiculously sweet and juicy, some were almost like taking bites of a candy orange. They're easy to peel with a thin skin and are completely seedless, which is convenient. BUT let's not skip the most exciting part of these fruits...

They're itty bitty, adorable, and teeny tiny!!! That is one with a regular old quarter for perspective! Most were about the size of a ping pong or golf ball, a few were a little larger. I don't know about you, but their cuteness made me love them that much more! Also, I bet kids would have no problem getting in their suggested fruit servings if you had these around the house!

Now it's your turn to tell me about your first! To participate in Friday Firsts create a blog post featuring a "first" of yours. Next, link that blog post below and tell us about it! If you don't have a blog or a specific post to link to please tell us about your first in the comment section! Any and all participation is welcome!

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Laura said...

my firsts were Peanut butter and Jelly bars! and making homemade juice. I love Friday Firsts :) those oranges were too cute.

I do hop J feels better soon. Hug him from the turkeys they need someone to love, I'm fed up with them. :D

Simply Life said...

Yum, this makes me think I need to branch out a little more and try new produce!

Anonymous said...

Glad Johnny is on the road to recovery - I don't twitter so I was out of the loop! :D

Happy Friday!

sophia said...

Sorry I missed last week's FF, Christina! But I'm happy to join this week again! Life has been a bit hectic and all over the place lately...I'll be back to a slower pace when I return to Singapore!

Oh, and MY GOSH! Such a cute, adorable produce! But how much were they?

Will catch up with all your fabulous posts on Reader soon! :-)

Love ya!

Jessie said...

Those tangerines are soo cute! Nice job trying something new, Christina! )

Christina said...

Umm Sophia I'm pretty sure it was $2.99 for the bag which had 9 in it. A lot more expensive than regular sized citrus, but I think worth the mini "splurge" to try something new!

A@ Please Don't Eat Me! said...

soooo adorable! love these little guys!!!