This has been a great recovery year for citrus fruit. Last year’s fruit was non-existent for most trees due to the great freeze of February 2011.
My citrus fruit have begun to ripen. The mandarin tree looks beautiful with it’s bright orange fruit. It looks so pretty, I don’t want to pick them. But after a taste test, I think it is about time.
Before you pick a whole crop it is best to taste one or two to see if it is ready. Unlike other fruit, citrus do not ripen once picked.
Different citrus ripen at different times and can ripen over a long period of time. Click here to find out when to expect each fruit.
by Cara Bohardt, Desert Gardener
What is your favorite citrus fruit?