Thursday, February 7, 2013

Record of the Citrus Trees this Year

I want to remember the ripening times of the citrus so next year I can be more aware.
We are not positive of the species of the 3 orange trees that we have. One (on the west of the yard) seems to be navel and are the best tasting for eating and juicing of all the trees. They ripened beginning to mid December. The middle orange tree was also ripe around that time and had decent oranges. The third tree (east) was not as tastey and the fruit was small. But, recently we started trying those little oranges and they are pretty good. I think that tree may be an Arizona Sweet and I was told by a friend that those get ripe later (Feb-Mar), so that would make sense. The yellow grapefruits were ripe late December and are better than I remember them. They were my favorite citrus this year. The tangerines were ripe and best in January, although some people enjoyed them before that when they were a bit more tart.
Before the big freeze, we picked all the citrus off the 4 best trees that we could because we thought the fruit would be ruined in the cold. We have since picked some that we couldn't reach as easy (tangerines, grapefruits and the AZ sweet oranges) and all seem to still be great. There may be a slight texture change, but definitely not ruined. So, next year we will know.

The East tree (maybe Arizona Sweet)

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