Sunday, December 22, 2019
Christmas time is also Nuts and Fruit time!
Autos of beauty
Growing up I thought citrus was grown for Christmas, because that is when we were given a couple oranges and a tangerine, plus an apple, a handful of nuts in shells and a stick of candy at church. Those brown bags were called Christmas treats. Just about every church in our area gave them out the Sunday before Christmas.
You can pick up ripe persimmons, apples, plums, pears even peaches from under a tree. Some will be ripe, over ripe, or maybe bruised but still eatable.
But you cannot (as a rule), do that with citrus. Driving around Florida you will see many citrus trees with fruit on the ground under the tree. DO NOT EVEN TRY TO PICK IT UP AND EAT IT, when it is on the ground, anytime I have checked, it is bad. We have picked ripe oranges; believe me they hang onto that tree with all their strength. Every orange is picked by hand, and it is work.
I know they can shake the pecan and walnut tree to drop the nuts. Many Pistachios are picked by hand in small bunches ‘sorta’ like grapes, some are even shaken.
BUT do you know about that expensive cashew? They are picked by hand. One nut grows on an ‘apple’. The strange thing you can either eat the apple or the nut but not both. If you wait until the cashew is eatable then its apple is not. Should you eat the apple the nut will not ripen.
I just love nuts and lots of fruits.