However, Clementines, a small, sweet variety of tangerine with orange-red skin, are very much in season. When the Clementines appear on the shelves in the supermarket, you now that Saint Nicolas (Dec 6th) and winter are on their way.
The best clementines are those that still have
On Saturday, ‘Saint Nicolas’ will arrive by steamer in the port of Antwerp; a yearly event that time and time again attracts a lot of people with small children. Since a few years the arrival of Nicolas in Antwerp marks the official kick-off of the Saint Nicolas sales period. As from Saturday supermarkets are therefore allowed to hire a surrogate Nicolas to promote the sales of toys.
This rule was introduced a few years ago as there used to be a lot of abuse, with some stores featuring ‘Saints’ as early October 1st.
You’ll find more information about the legend and the tradition of Saint Nicolas in a post I did last year on the subject.