Five Fantastic Ways to Use Citrus

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jan 10, 2017 11:02:27 AM

If you have a winter-ripening citrus tree, you're probably inundated with fresh, tangy or tart fruit. If you're tree isn't producing as much as you'd like, check out these citrus care tips.

We found some zesty recipes to make the most of your at-home-harvest:CITRUS_COLLAGE-461321-edited.png

Salt-Cured Lemons 

Slice your lemons, put them in a sterilized jar with salt, and wait. That's all it takes to prepare this delicious, complex, yet versatile Moroccan seasoning.

Recipe from The Daring Gourmet

Candied Citrus 

Try these sweet, chewy, and piquant treats guaranteed to woo any sweet tooth. 

Recipe from Bright-Eyed Baker

Lemon Bars 

The perfect dessert to perk-up those cold rainy days. Sweet-tart lemon filling in perfect harmony with rich and buttery crust. This recipe can also be adapted for limes or blood oranges. 

Recipe from Food Network

Limoncello 

A classic Italian digestif (like an apéritif, to be served with a meal to aid in digestion) to enjoy on it's own, or as a base for a Lemon Drop cocktail. Thick-skinned lemon varieties, such as Eureka, are ideal for this recipe. 

Recipe from Epicurious

All-Natural Citrus Cleaner 

This recipe takes any citrus peel, combines it with vinegar for a nontoxic and fresh-scented cleaner that's safe to use around kids and pets. 

Recipe from The Kitchn

Want to learn more about our favorite cool-season fruit?    The Best Citrus for Sacramento

 

Topics: Citrus

Citrus: Winter Sunshine for Sacramento

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 30, 2016 3:21:06 PM

Winter's here, which means saying goodbye to the sunshine for awhile, but that's no reason to feel sad! Citrus is in its prime now, and anyone who has grown their own Citrus can tell you that first, sweet, tart bite is the closest thing you'll find to sunshine in the winter time. 

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Dwarf vs. Standard 
We primarily stock dwarf Citrus because they're easier to maintain at 8-12' tall than standard varieties. The quality and size of the fruit is exactly the same, the difference is the trees have been grafted onto dwarfing rootstock, preventing them from reaching the standard size of 30'.  Always wanted to grow Citrus in containers? Dwarf varieties are the way to go!

Did you know that Citrus is one of the few fruits that produces nearly year 'round? Depending on the variety, you can harvest anytime and there are plenty of varieties to choose from!

Here are some of our favorites*

Sweet Orange

Cara Cara Pink Navel 
Usual Fruit Season: Fall/Winter
This early-ripening navel orange has unusual pink-tinged flesh and a rich, sweet flavor. 
Washington Navel
Usual Fruit Season: Winter
California's famous winter-ripening orange. Sweet, seedless fruit ripens ten months from its bloom time in Spring. 

Lemon

Improved Meyer 
Usual Fruit Season: Fall/Spring
This hybrid is a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, improved by Four Winds Growers in the 1950's. The result is a slightly sweet, fragrant, thin-skinned fruit which is favored among gourmet chefs. 

Eureka
Usual Fruit Season: Fall/Spring
A traditional tart lemon that bears large fruit with thick skin and a bright, piquant flavor. Once established, it can produce fruit year 'round. 

 

Mandarin

Clementine
Usual Fruit Season: Winter
Also known as Algerian Mandarin, Clementines are a sweet, slightly tart, seedless variety. They were discovered by French missionary Marie-Clément Rodier in North Africa over 100 years ago.

Fun Fact: Cuties® Mandarins found in supermarkets come from two varieties: W. Murcott (late winter-early spring) and Clementines (fall-winter). 

 

Owari Satsuma
Usual Fruit Season: Dec/Jan
One of the hardiest varieties, Satsumas are coveted for their juicy, sweet, seedless fruit in an easy-to-peel package. This variety is popular for canning, the fruit has a rich, intense flavor. 

 

 

 

 

Clementine, Mandarin, Tangerine...What's the Difference? Clementines and Tangerines are varieties of Mandarins, and the names are often used interchangeably. Clementines are very sweet, seedless and easy-to-peel.  Tangerines are slightly more tart, and usually have seeds. 

Lime

Bearss Seedless
Usual Fruit Season: Fall
True lime with classic tart flavor, green rind and flesh. Produces larger fruit than Mexican lime, nearly year 'round. 

Mexican/Key
Usual Fruit Season: Fall
Small rounded fruit has a complex tropical flavor, which adds exciting tang to drinks and desserts. This variety is especially tender, be sure to protect from frost.


If you are lucky enough to already have one of these delicious fruit trees in your yard, be sure to protect them from frost in the chilly months ahead! Learn more below...

Frost Cloth Guide

 *Selection varies throughout the season, call one of our five locations for current availability. 

Topics: Winter, Fruit Trees, Citrus

Our Favorite Fruit Trees

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 17, 2016 10:45:48 AM

Growing your own fruit at home is so rewarding, and it's not nearly as difficult as it may seem. There are a range of fruiting trees and shrubs ideal for every situation. 

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Unsure of what to plant and where? Check out our list of fruiting trees, shrubs and vines grouped by relative water needs:

High Water

  • Avocados: dense surface-rooting tendencies cause Avocados to thrive in evenly moist soils, but they will not tolerate waterlogged, poor-draining soil. 
  • Blueberries: do best in our climate when planted in afternoon shade, with three-to-four inches of mulch to help slow the evaporation of water from the soil. 
  • Cane Berries (Raspberries, Blackberries, etc): thrive if provided mulch that is three-to-four inches thick, leaving a space of at least three feet from the base of the plant. 

Medium Water

The following varieties can take longer periods between watering, but shouldn't be allowed to completely dry out. 

  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Peaches/Nectarines

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Medium-low water fruit producing plants can be allowed to dry out between watering, provided they have a three-to-four-inch thick layer of mulch, spread out to at least two feet outside the width of the canopy. 

  • Almonds: good drought tolerance, but extended dry period will reduce crop size.
  • Apricots: once established, adapt well to low-water conditions.
  • Citrus: once established, adapt well to low-water conditions.
  • Persimmons: will thrive with occasional deep watering. 
  • Pineapple Guava: very well adapted to extended dry periods.
  • Plums: the best stone fruit for low-water conditions, sufficient mulch will ensure a decent crop size.
  • Pistachios: very well adapted to low-water conditions. However, reduced water will slow growth rate.

Low Water 

ww_fruit_tree-019496-edited.jpgThe following varieties thrive when allowed to dry out between watering, without sacrificing the quality of fruit. 

  • Figs: able to tolerate long periods of drought and still bear an acceptable crop.
  • Grapes: thrive in low-water conditions, if grown with minimal irrigation, although the crop size will be smaller and fruit can be sweeter. 
  • Pomegranates: prefer dry conditions, although fruit size may be affected, but not severely. 
  • Olives: requires dry conditions. Severe water constrictions will affect growth rate, but not appearance. 

 

 

 

 

Did you know? You can plant up to four deciduous fruit trees (such as nectarines, apples, plums, etc.) in a single hole using a revolutionary training system pioneered by Dave Wilson Nursery known as Backyard Orchard Culture. 

Backyard Orchard Culture in a nutshell:

  • Choose dwarf trees whenever possible
  • Select varieties which will ripen successively, rather than all at once
  • Plant multiple trees in a single hole
  • Prune your trees year 'round to control their size
Learn more about how to maximize your fruit harvest without sacrificing yield or quality: Backyard Orchard Culture

Topics: Edibles, Backyard Orchard, Fruit Trees, Citrus

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