Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

(Owari) Satsuma Mandarin
We've had rain!  Holy cow.  It finally happened.  Wonderfully cool, wet weather has arrived.  The garden has been washed with rain that ran from a soft misty drizzle to a downpour.  It has been great. With that cool weather comes a variety of citrus and I love them all. 

First up are the mandarins.  These have been successfully marketed recently by local Paramount Farms as Little Cuties. They sold the rights to that name to Sun World and now market the name Halos. Fine, I'll grow my own whenever I can. The seedless mandarin fruit is easy to peel and taste like winter time in Bakersfield.  I have always enjoyed citrus.  As a kid, my parents would take us to the citrus orchards for fruit tasting.  Delicious.

In the garden is just one potted mandarin tree that is about 3 years old.  There are over 4 dozen mandarins loaded on the skinny little branches. The fruit stays on the trees until it's needed which is a nice feature. The potted lemons are abundant too. Tomorrow night's dinner is fried Lemon Chicken! The oranges are about the size of grapefruit.  Grapefruit is my absolute favorite.  There are a load of grapefruits to enjoy for many breakfasts this winter.  Limes are next on my list to bring into the garden once the threat of frost and freeze has past.


Sue said...

That would be so nice to be able to grow your own citrus.

daisy g said...

Enjoy the flavors of winter citrus!

dorothy said...

Oh that rain was wonderful! We had only half an inch but more is predicted next week. Lemon chicken sounds good. My little dwarf Meyer lemon is loaded with fruit. I need to get out the frost blankets to be prepared for when that first frost comes! Happy Thanksgiving!