Anything citrus-y, you name it, it all loves to grow here. Oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, cumquats, grapefruit. We are well and truly surrounded by it at the moment.
But my parents, well, they have the motherload. Acres of orange, yellow and green fruit hanging from heavy branches. I remember helping to plant them when I was a kid. Many of them are taller than a house now. Crazy big. Some so heavily laden the trees are groaning under their weight.
This year one tree actually snapped. A little bit of wind and all that fruit, well the poor tree lost a few limbs. I'm sure it will shoot new limbs again. It's a healthy old tree. Goodness, is there ever some fruit though.
It's been a funny old year for citrus. We've had a very dry year with a long summer and the trees are confused. Some trees are loaded to the hilt, while others are quite bare. It's like some freaked out and overproduced while others decided to just close up shop.
Not that we're in any danger of running out of citrus here. Hundreds of trees loaded with fruit is really a sight to behold.
Let's just say Vitamin C is never in short supply.