Thursday, September 29, 2011
The spring orange festival
What I really like about oranges is that they keep forever on the tree. And that's also the reason why we always get to spring and have to quickly consume bucket loads of oranges to make way for the succession of fruit the September sea of blossom heralds. It's not that we haven't been using them through the year - its just that we seem to get enough fruit off these two small trees to justify throwing a local orange festival.
There's two varieties here on the plot; the Washington Navel (pictured closest) and the Seedless Valencia (shading the coop). Apparently they're supposed to produce fruit at different times of the year, but as these photo's might indicate, they're more in-tune with each others cycle than I was lead to believe they would be. But that's okay, because they each have their uses.
The Seedless Valencia - whose defining trait is not always so accurate - is great for juicing. I say that not because its any better for juicing than any other kind of orange - but because I feel its the only thing its really good for. Its not the kind of orange that comes away cleanly from the skin when you're trying to quarter and eat one. But that's fine with me, because the wife loves freshly squeezed orange juice - so this is definitely her tree.
The Washington Navel is more my kind of tree. I love to eat orange straight out of its skin, and these oranges are perfect for that. The wife doesn't get the juicer anywhere near these babies, even if I do sometimes need to resort to angrily waving a broomstick in her general direction.
And isn't it lovely that I've placed her tree and my tree together in the same garden bed. While they still look happy after four and a half years living together, you should hear them argue over who's on who's side of the bed.
It's merely co-incidence that the Seedless Valencia has grown to take up more than its half.