So I’m late on this post, my goal is posting once a week. I’m in the process of switching blog sites. In an effort not to lose my domain name “ourhawaiifarm.com”, this process has been a major hassle and a time consuming one. Oh, and frustrating, did I mention, extremely frustrating. So I didn’t want to post until I could post on the new site. Seeing as this may not happen for a few more days (or so I’ve been told), I’m just going to continue to write in a timely manner. For those contemplating a switch, if you’re not completely savvy to this blogging world thing (which I am not) find someone to help you OR pay the extra bucks to do it an easier way.
So done with that rant, BUT be looking for a new looking site soon (crossing fingers … waiting impatiently).
Okay, now the farm. We’re overloaded on citrus right now. So I must make a confession. I know I’ve mentioned this in my blog previously, although not in this context. I’ve always been jealous of the people who have tons of citrus on their trees, BUT also a little judgmental about their lack of prompt picking – okay, a lot judgmental. I’d often see piles of fruit on the ground wasted, and I would think that they were a bit lazy for not picking their fruit. But now, I understand why this happens because I’m faced with the same dilemma. Our tangerine tree became so loaded so fast it was all we could do to keep up. I went down to the tree determined to pick all the ripe tangerines and give them to neighbors and friends just so they wouldn’t waste. But there were plenty on the tree that had already been stung by fruit flies that were no good, not to mention the loads on the ground already fermenting. Plus the fact that my husband and I work all week at jobs that actually pay us, we’re limited to work that is done during the week, hence limited picking time. So never again will I question others picking practices. I get it, I get it, sometimes there is too much of a good thing.
In addition to tangerines, we have Meyer lemons, Tahitian limes, different types of oranges, kumquats, and ruby red grapefruit. Some of the oranges we have were here when we bought the property. We don’t know all the varieties that we have, but we do have caracara which are a really pretty pink side, blood oranges, and minneolas which are great for juicing. We also have what appears to be a Ka’u orange. This year, all of all citrus are doing well.
If you’re a backyard farmer and you can only grow one kind of citrus, hands down I would say choose a Tahitian lime. The limes are larger than your typical lime, and turn yellow when ripe. They’re really juicy and have a slightly sweeter taste. They’re great, but best of all the tree fruits year round.
I’d write more, but I have a ton of oranges, and I need to get juicing!!