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I am the first to admit that while I claim my Chinese ethnicity, I am far removed from the language and culture of my ancestors. My main connection to cultural celebrations is food. As we approach Chinese New Year (February 1 st this year), I started thinking about the foods I associate with this celebration. Oranges for Chinese New Year Growing up, as Chinese New Year approached, I remember plates stacked with orange citrus fruit - usually tangerines or navel oranges - at my popo's (grandmother's) house. Nowadays, the more traditional mandarin orange is readily available. In addition to displaying them in the house, we also gift them to friends and family. With its glossy orange skin, the mandarin orange is thought to resemble the sun or gold. It is considered auspicious for the new year and thought to bring good luck. Something new for our celebration As I saw the beautiful piles of mandarin oranges, I was reminded of an episode of Nigella Bites from many, many years ago. O

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