Saturday, January 06, 2007

lemons & oranges




We are having a monster crop of lemons this year. Is it a crop of lemons?... a harvest of lemons?... a whole bunch of lemons? Whatever you call it... it's big!
But they will stay on the tree well into May or June. Why? Because that is the best way to store citrus, to leave them on the tree until you need them.
We have what's called a "fruit cocktail" tree. One tree alone produces lemons, oranges and grapefruit!! Pretty cool! The orange branch broke off several years ago... so it no longer produces the oranges. But we also have a navel orange tree, so we were ok with that being the branch that broke off.
Ooh, I'm thinking lemon bars this weekend.

8 comments:

Amy said...

I've never even heard of a fruit cocktail tree!!

Sandy said...

I've never heard of a fruit cocktail tree! I have to tell my daughter :)
I try to drink lemon water every day. I've love one of your fresh ones! :)

Erin said...

i drink so much water when i have fresh lemon to go in it. its like one of my favorite drinks ever. you are so lucky. i will have a lemon tree when i grow up.

Heidi said...

A fruit cocktail tree? That cracks me up! What a fun thing to have. Looking at your pictures was such a nice alternative to the snowy, cold view out my window! I could almost smell those lemons!

NanAZ said...

They look great! Our grapefruits are coming in well too. I'd like to replace them with lemons, limes or oranges, because we just don't eat enough of the grapefruit.

There are advantages to living in AZ!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Wish I had a lemon tree. But it would never survive up north here.

Sarah and Jack said...

When I lived in florida, my most favorite thing in the universe was the smell of the citrus blossoms. I wish I could bottle that smell and still have it with me now.

Zoey said...

Add me to the list of those not knowing about the fruit cocktail tree. HOw neat, though, to have all three fruits on one tree.

I would love to go out to my backyard to grab a lemon. You are so lucky.