Monday, March 1, 2010

Florida Harvest Monday- 16 varieties!

This month I decided to cut the fruit in half so you could see the variety of colors inside.
From upper left:  Ruby Red Grapefruit, Marsh white grapefruit, Navel orange, Minneola tangelo (Honeybell), Orlando tangelo, sweet lemon, mandarin, calamondin, kumquat, Eustis limequat, Key lime, and Carambola (starfruit).
Currently harvesting but not pictured:  turnip greens, Okinawa spinach, Thai ginger.
I'm also digging arrowroot.  I know many of you will have questions about this one so I'll do a separate post on it in a few days.  Keep watching!
Thanks to Daphne's Dandelions for hosting the Harvest Monday meme!

12 comments:

Bernie said...

That's a great harvest Jim ... love all the varieties and different colours.

Kinetic Fountains said...

Hi Jim! A great harvest indeed! I love the assortment in the first photo. Very colorful! All those fruits made me hungry for a bag of Skittles (I don't know why) lol

michelle said...

Such beautiful citrus, I imagine it smelled wonderful as you cut it all.

Floridagirl said...

Another beautiful harvest! I am very jealous of your fruit tree collection!

Ami said...

Wow, you sure have lots of varieties! When they all in blossoms, your garden must smell heavenly! I am looking for a calamondin tree to plant in my garden...

Daphne said...

Oh you have Honeybells. They are my favorite "orange". I know they are a hybrid, but they still taste like really really good oranges to me.

Ian said...

Hi Jim, What is a Key Lime? Is is it different to a tahitian Lime?
cheers Ian

Meredith said...

Oh, my goodness, you're growing Honeybells! The grapefruit alone would have made me envious, but I adore Honeybells. They must taste glorious fresh from the tree. :)

Grower Jim said...

Thanks for all your comments. I wish I could share some fruit with all of you!
Ian, Key lime is a very small, round lime only about 1.5 inches in diameter. It produces abundant fruit from mid-summer to late winter and they are easy to grow from seed. It is the primary ingredient in the wildly popular (in the U.S.) Key Lime Pie!

Eliza said...

Wow! That is such a tantalizing photograph. It almost makes me wish I lived somewhere more tropical... the starfruit are particularly beautiful, lucky you!

Darren said...

Hey Jim,
I too have all of those..EXCEPT, the blasted Starfruit! That is on my must have list and i haven't been able to. I have tried germinating some seeds with no luck. Are yours grafted or on their own roots? Very nice Harvest!!

Grower Jim said...

Darren: I have five mature starfruit trees and all were grown from seed. The oldest is over 20 years old now and is 35-40' tall. The peak harvest is from about September through April. Needless to say, I get bushels of fruit every year!

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