Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A Little Fresh Squeezed

Our orange tree is giving pretty good fruit, and quite a bit, too.

There were three citrus trees in the garden when we moved into the Bird House four years ago. The lemon tree was doing the best, but we couldn't even be sure what the other two were. They lacked water, and sun. Out went the overgrown shrubs that blocked light and littered the yard. And we repaired the irrigation lines to that part of the yard. We've been enjoying lemons most of the year from the start, and now the oranges are giving their first fruitful season. I'm still not sure what kind of oranges they are, but they're getting better every new season. Last week we planted a lime tree, and two years ago we put in a blood orange.

Who remembers when orange juice was served in small glasses? Seems like lots of foods are super sized these days. But I still remember when orange juice was offered in a modest glass, and now, I think I know why!

It takes a lot of oranges to fill a pitcher with fresh squeezed juice. A lot of fruit, some extra effort, too!

Making our own juice… delicious, and a nice reminder of what a special treat it really is.


warren said...

Wow! I just can't imagine having citrus growing in my yard! I would love that but alas, the snow and cold here makes that pretty tough to accomplish!

Peaches said...

In the winter my mom would make hot lemon tea (lemonade) to cure colds.
In a pot add: the juice of several lemons, one lemon thinly sliced, a small amount of sugar or honey (not too sweet), and water to taste (I like it very sour). Bring everything to just below a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low till the slices are just tender. It is very hot so let it sit a while to cool slightly. Fill cups with tea and add a slice or two to each cup as they are tasty to eat.

judy in ky said...

I believe you live in a paradise!

nikkipolani said...

Mmmm! Are you picking your oranges already? I'm never sure about my valencias. Fresh juice is amazing, isn't it?