Semi-Dwarf Sanguinelli Blood Orange and Improved Meyer Lemon Trees

This afternoon, I was at my local nursery and purchased three Sanguinelli blood orange trees and one improved Meyer lemon tree. All of these are semi-dwarf varieties. With these new trees, my backyard garden feels IMG_3084much more complete and balanced. These trees also have immature fruits on them and the vegetation looked healthy and vigorous. I am eager to have them in blossom, so that my whole yard will be graced by their fragrance!

I have always enjoyed the intense flavor of blood oranges and I prefer their taste to that of regular oranges. I am happy to know that soon, I will be able to enjoy them from my own back yard! The variety that I have is native to Spain. Extensive information on  different varieties of blood oranges can be found here: http://www.califcitrusspecialties.com/docs/Karp%20blood%20oranges%20Fruit%20Gardener%202007.pdf and here: http://users.kymp.net/citruspages/sweetoranges.html

The Meyer lemon, a native of China, is not a true lemon but a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin, so it is IMG_3085sweeter than true lemons. For those who find the tartness of true lemons to be too strong, this may be something to consider if you crave lemon. I have made lemon curd from Meyer lemons and the flavor is out of this world!

I am quite hopeful that over the years, I will be enjoying delicious citrus fruit on a regular basis. I will be eating them mostly fresh (including the lemons!) but am eager to concoct interesting recipes for them as well. I remember back in my childhood days when I ate regular lemons straight off the tree at my parents’ home, so delicious but shocking to onlookers!

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