Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Florida Harvest

Hi from Ten Gables Cottage,

The avocados are falling off the trees and the oranges are starting to get ripe! I picked up these off the ground yesterday before the squirrels or raccoons could get them! The gloves you see are actually painted on the bench, not real ones.

There are two really big avocado trees in the yard and now only 5 orange trees in the grove. We used to have a small grove with about 150 trees but they don't last forever---they probably only are at best for about 18 -20 years and then they just die in spite of everything. I have replanted about 5 or 6 but they aren't really producing yet. The 5 left are navel oranges and are just hanging on, not looking too good. The fruit is various sizes, but they will be delicious in November. Right now they are just turning and taste a bit sour. They will sweeten up as the weather gets a little cooler.

One of my favorite salads is made with citrus, either grapefruit or orange segments, and sliced avocado on a bed of lettuce with French dressing. Delicious. The citrus and avocado compliment one another---try it!

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