Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Lemon, The Orange & The Over-Ripe Lime

Salty Dog and I picked some citrus the other day and in doing so we discovered the river side lime tree had been woefully neglected. Aly more regularly picks the Key limes and Persian limes but only the Persian remains after we lost the Key lime tree during Hurricane Francis. The Persian is a prolific bearer and for whatever reason we fell behind in harvesting this year (not to shift the blame to Aly for not picking the limes. I share equally in that oversight). The clear tip off to the fact we failed to keep up with our picking duties is the color of the limes still waiting to be picked.

The largest citrus in the picture is a Ponderosa Lemon. Huge, thick skinned and tasty. We like sending these to a cousin up North who then invites her girlfriends over for a Lemon Drop Martini Party. We may need to hand deliver these come to think of it :) The orange is a Navel from a tree planted years ago, received as a birthday gift from DD Leaa. Always sweet, easy to peel and practically seedless. Which leaves our lime, which you may be asking, why is it yellow? I thought limes were green? They are and it was. However, if you don't pick them, they gradually turn yellow.

Fortunately, the limes have not gone by. We'll pick them, juice them and freeze the sharp and tangy nectar eventually finding its way into more than a few recipes. Both food and drink.

peace
fm
I'm starting to think more about my cousin's Lemon Drop Martini Party up in Stillwater. Maybe we should start checking prices on airline tickets...

3 comments:

Doris & Dan said...

What a joy it must be to pick such wonderful fruit in your own backyard.

Keep smilin!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

How fun...
I didn't know that limes turned yellow when not picked...
Margarita Party.. YEAH!!

PunditMom said...

Mmmmm. Excellent photo!