A post about Future Food!
I’m far too far north here in Connecticut, and further yet in Massachusetts, to be able to plant citrus trees in the ground. But many of them will take well enough to life in containers. They can sit out much of the year, and be placed in the basement (or better yet, the future greenhouse) during the dodgy season.
I’ve ordered four citrus trees to date. If I prune properly, these should be manageable.
The most unusual one is shown above – the Australian finger lime. Tiny pinkish blooms, thorns (alas!), and fruit that will be elongated like fingers. Inside the peel, the fruit is supposedly little tart balls, probably about the size more or less of salmon roe. Little bursts of flavor! (I can see getting some ikura – the salmon roe – and interspersing some of these finger lime balls within, for both the color and taste effect!) Since this one is flowering, I do expect some fruit this season. This bush has more flowers on it than since it arrived here, about ten days ago.
This is the standard lime tree that bears the same limes you find in most groceries. It is named Bearss lime, dunno why the double-S. It is seedless.
Did you know that if you don’t pick the limes when they are green, they will turn yellow, just like lemons? I didn’t!
Thai/Kaffir lime trees will fruit, but in Thai cooking, it’s the leaves that count. I love me some Thai cooking, and so… I will have to see if regular Bearss leaves have any culinary use, or indeed if anyone ever eats them or not.
Blood oranges are a thing only rarely seen in my supermarkets. Very rarely. But, they’re SO tasty!
The specimen above has a few insect nibbles in its leaves… I looked to make sure no insects were riding along, and all seems fine.
I’ve been putting these plants outdoors, but bringing them into my garage if the predicted temps look dodgy. You need to keep them warm enough – I am setting them out if the temperatures are above 50 F. (In-ground, and established, they can tolerate lower temps, but I’m playing it safe.)
They love sun!
They also need plenty of water and good drainage. I planted them with a combo of peat-moss soil, and citrus soil (Lowes), with river rock pebbles at the bottom of their pots – to facilitate drainage.
If these thrive, I’ll be buying a couple other citrus cultivars next year.