Oh My Darling Clementine

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Oh My Darling Clementine

Ready for a few random facts about the name Clementine? Impress your friends with your knowledge and check out the facts in the slideshow!

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"Oh my darling, Clementine"

We've heard it time and time again. She's lost and gone forever. But in the second verse, the lyrics make reference to Clementine's size nine shoes, which were unavailable, resulting in her having to choose boxes or sandals for footwear. Hardly romantic.

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Second Verse of Oh My Darling, Clementine

Light she was and like a fairy,
And her shoes were number nine
Herring boxes, without topses,
Sandals were for Clementine.

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Origin of the Name, Clementine

Clementine, a French girl's name, stems from the Latin name Clementina, which means "merciful." The male form is Clement (like our good friend who created the clementine fruit).

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Did Someone Say Sesame Street?

Clementine is a character on the Dutch version of Sesame Street.

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill's wife was named Clementine.

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Nutrition Facts

The clementine fruit typically has 35 calories, 0.11 grams of fat, 9 carbohydrate grams and 7 grams of sugar.

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Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner?

According to livestrong.com, most people eat clementines during lunch hours. In fact, it's been reported that 65% of clementine consumption occurs during this time.

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We're avid fans of the juicy, seedless fruit that comes in small wooden crates. In fact, when winter arrives and we begin to see the fruit in stores, our heart skips a beat. Nothing compares to the sweet aroma of citrus as you peel off the loose, glossy exterior layers, devouring every last tasty bite.

So, where did this heavenly orange dream come from? That's a great question with an even better answer.

It's said that clementines, also known as "Christmas oranges" due to their winter season arrival, were created in 1902 by Marie-Clément Rodier, a French missionary brother. While helping to run an orphanage in Algeria, Brother Marie-Clément tended to the residences' citrus trees. To his surprise, something new blossomed from an uncultivated tree found among thorn bushes in the orchard. Not quite orange, not quite mandarin, this fruit was named after its founder, Brother Marie-Clément, who passed away in 1904.

Now that we know where clementines come from, how about a few fascinating facts? Check out our slideshow above.

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