Friday, February 12, 2010

Treats for My Sweet

 
Carried by my feet through the streets.
 
And proof, circumstantial at best, that someone read my plea for oranges in my bike lane. The fragrance of newly picked citrus is exquisite and ephemeral, exceeded only by the scent of citrus blossoms in the spring as you fly down a bike lane at night. That's still a few months away. Happy Friday and Valentine's Day to all. Get up. Go ride.

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  1. Did you stop and pick some up?

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  2. Pretty sure they are the sour ornamentals. The ones closer to my house and in my yard are in the same state right now, so I have more than I can possibly eat. Here, I will go an pick and eat a grapefruit in your honor right now.

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  3. They pay good money for the sour 'seville' ones in Britain. Make marmalade out of them. We just waste them.

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  4. Boy, I haven't seen any fresh picked oranges in the gutters around here, lately.

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  5. It sounds like one of those faked-up brochures they passed out to lure pioneers westward--out in them parts, they leave fresh-picked oranges layin' around in the gutters.

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  6. I've got kumquats and dates going to waste in my front yard. Even the birds are tired of em.

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  7. Dates: We stopped at the Dateland Restaurant on Interstate 8 on the way to San Diego and ate diner food washed down with date shakes a couple times. Yum. As I was eating, I read the brochure which explained what it takes to grow dates commercially. OMG they are hard to grow. Mainly the pollination and fruit thinning, although the harvest has to be tough too after all the work that leads up to it. I am guessing Frasiec you don't go to all this trouble to grow yours, which probably produce parthenocarpic fruit.

    http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/006/Y4360E/y4360e0c.htm#bm12

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  8. my dates are great. Don't do a thing, but it's too tough to get them down. Even those fan palms have fruit. Ever try those little round black things that are on the fan palms? Pretty good eats. We also have tons of figs in the neighborhood. Some grow wild in the alleys. Lot's of food just growing, if you know where to look and what's edible.

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  9. I'll try the little black things, didn't know you could eat them. I read a funny sentence this week: all cactus fruit is edible, although not all of it tastes good. I would add: some of it tastes pretty bad, and some of it has tiny needles that you had better remove before you try to eat it. But I'll tell you what, the skinny red fruit on the fuzzy hedgehog cactii are pretty good.

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