There is nothing quite like freshly squeezed juice from freshly picked citrus. A great reason to grow your own.
We have a lemonade tree, which I believe is a cross between a lemon and an orange. The fruit are round, yellow, and about the size of a big lemon. Here is a picture of the tree way back in Aug ’09.
It is about twice the size now, but as it was so dark today, I could not get a nice photo of it. Anyway, I picked all of the fruit off of it today. Here is the basket that ended up being chock ‘o block of lemonade fruit.
If you take a closer look (click on the picture), you will notice that the skin looks a bit pitted. That is because this fruit tree is the favourite of very small snails, who for some reason only known to Mother Nature herself, loves to eat the skin of this fruit. This only makes little groves in the skin, and does not damage the fruit in any way. So, I choose to leave the little snails in peace, and just pick the fruit when it is ripe.
This fruit makes the best juice, as it is a little tart like a lemon, but with the sweetness of a Valencia orange.
It tastes absolutely delicious. I am so glad that the snails are only tiny!