Reaching into his own lunch bag, he lightly tossed a satsuma her way.
Both satsuma and tangerine are types of mandarin, a group of citrus with brightly colored pulp and easy-to-peel skins.
The National School Fruit Scheme involves giving each child between the ages of four and six years a piece of fruit daily - an apple, a satsuma or a banana.
Other recent arrivals on supermarket shelves include an onion sweet enough to be eaten like an apple, miniature melons and the gratsuma - a cross between a grapefruit and a satsuma .
In our house Santa delivers stockings to the bedrooms, in which everything, even a satsuma , is individually wrapped, with lots of Sellotape.
It is seedless unless you plant some other types of citrus nearby, and has a more tangy taste than the satsuma .
Only the seriously deluded could believe that a burger and chips dinner will be less cholesterol-packed if you round it off with a small satsuma .
I realised that the only food I had eaten today was a bag of crisps and three satsumas !
The annuals were as much part of Christmas Day as satsumas or chocolate money.
The best I could come up with was one battered and bruised pack of tiny satsumas and I refused to buy that because the shopkeeper wouldn't reduce the price.