Sunday, March 9, 2014

citrus identification

At last!  We've identified the mysterious orange fruit on our tree!  We couldn't quite place the taste ... was it a tangerine?  But yesterday, in Gelson's, I saw the identical thing on sale.  It's a Minneola!  Who knew?!  These are a cross between a Duncan grapefruit and a Dancy tangerine, and were apparently released in 1931 by the USDA Horticultural Research Station in Orlando.  And they give a good crop every other year, which would explain why there were only a few on the tree last year, and why there are many more this (here are a few fallen ones, nestling up to some iron work as though they're forming themselves into the design of a William Morris wallpaper).

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