Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Right about this time every year, the fruit on my potted citrus trees begin to ripen. As you can see, the Meyer lemons are slowly beginning to shed their green exterior. Unfortunately, I will only have 5 to harvest this time around, unlike the 20 that I picked last year. This is just enough for one batch of marmalade. We still have several jars left over from last year so I'm not too disappointed about it.
Sadly, my Kaffir lime tree did not set any fruit this year and my Seville orange tree has yet to produce its first crop.
Of my two Mandarinquat trees, one has a handful of fruit. They are also beginning to change color. I'm really excited to try these for the first time. When it comes to growing potted citrus trees, patience is definitely a virtue. It will be several more years before they are mature enough to produce a good amount of fruit. Once they do, it will be fun to think of ways to cook and preserve them. I love candied citrus so candied mandarinquats will most likely be at the top of the list.