One of the things we were most in awe of during our visit to California was Art's sister and brother-in-law's garden-orchard.
They had a little grove of miniature avocado, several varieties of citrus, persimmons and I forget what else. Here is Kay (sister-in-law) picking some snap peas.
And yes, it was very confusing to have two Kays in the house.
We have two Meyer lemon trees in Hawaii. Seems to me almost anyone who has a lemon tree in Hawaii has a Meyer lemon. My sister-in-law, Kay also planted a Meyer lemon tree in California and told us her fruits were so sweet you could drink the juice without adding any sugar.
We were sure she was exaggerating a little because our Meyer lemons are still rather tart though it's supposed to be sweeter. Kay squeezed a tablespoonful for me and it was like slurping liquid lemon candy! (OK... maybe I'm exaggerating just a teeny bit, but not much.) What a SHOCK! I have NEVER tasted a lemon that was sweeter than the oranges we get in Hawaii.
This is our Meyer Lemon tree in Hawaii. We have two of them and they produce a lot of lemons and the fruit is often quite large.
I posted this photo a while ago. My brother took the photo using his Costco card as a size reference. It looks like a huge yellowish green orange.
California Kay's tree is bushier. Maybe it's because she doesn't have mom constantly pruning hers.
And here are her Meyer lemon fruits. They're gorgeous, but smaller (about the size of the lemons you see at the supermarket) and it has those little nipples at the ends.
I don't know. Maybe there's a California Meyer and a Hawaii Meyer. Maybe it's the cold weather California gets that makes them sweeter.
And here are some of the citrus from her grove. Incredible! It must be because they are picked only when they are ripe, but we couldn't get over the sweet flavor. Maybe it's her composting? Maybe the gophers in her backyard are doing some kind of magical chant?
We ate so many citrus fruits while we were in California that it must have been what prevented us from catching a cold while we were there. The only problem is that it's spoiled us for what we get at the markets here.
And if all this wasn't enough to get us feeling jealous, look what else she planted!