Please don't think I'm complaining, but we are seriously surrounded by citrus right now!
First off, our Meyer Lemon tree is going bonkers.
Actually, technically only the left side is going bonkers.
We've got so many lemons, it is awesome! As you can see, it's right by our front door, which is really beautiful. Lemon trees are so bright and cheery. I mostly use lemons in salad dressing, or in various recipes that call for lemon (which happens pretty often, mercifully).
Meanwhile, the right side of the tree is full of future lemons! It's covered in pink buds and white blossoms. Citrus blossoms are so magically fragrant. I like to stick my nose in there and take a sniff every time I head in and out the front door.
Nearby, the driveway is a busy place too. A few years ago I planted a Bearss lime tree (foreground), a Trovita orange (back), and a Cara Cara orange (little guy in the middle). This is the first year we've had any oranges, and it's really super exciting!
I love limes so much, and I use them all the time - squeezed over Indian food, squeezed over beans and rice, in salsa, in a glass of water, a little here, a little there. Nonetheless, the ground under the tree has usually got 5-6 limes that fell before I could get around to them. Nice problems to have!
It's sort of amazing, because the first couple of years we got no fruit, or maybe 1-2 sad oranges - but ho! - this year is Orange City! The poor branches are drooped and sagging with the glorious weight of oranges. Honestly, these are not the best oranges you've ever had. The rind is very thick and the flavor is good, but not exceptional. Nonetheless, they're OUR orange babies and I'm very proud of them!
One of my delicious Cara Cara oranges!
I don't really know what to with so many oranges though! I made some candied orange peel, which I've used in various recipes... and I put oranges in my smoothies sometimes, and sometimes I'll just have an orange for a snack.