First, thank you everyone for your kind, supportive, enthusiastic, sweet words about the book here and elsewhere. I’m so grateful for the support and, of course, for the opportunity. Second, I’m sorry it’s winter. I got you some virtual citrus.
Last weekend, we drove all the way to the west side of Phoenix (I kept asking if we were in L.A. yet…) to Truman Ranch U-pick Citrus. Truman ranch was formerly a University of Arizona citrus agricultural center and since the late 90s has been managed by James Truman. There are 80+ varieties of unsprayed citrus on 40 acres, in other words MY LITERAL DREAM COME TRUE. I really can’t overstate how unbelievable it was.
We got a map (it was 6 pages long!), a wheelbarrow, and wandered. The smell was just beyond. We stopped in the “loose-skin mandarins” field for gold nuggets, but I was most excited for the two “citrus varieties” fields because WEIRD CITRUS! We saw all the quats (limequat! mandarinquat!) and I got some rangpur limes, which I wanted for the book.
We’ve been enjoying salty dogs with every type of grapefruit imaginable and I’m scheming about what to do with my prized limequats and bergamots. We got something called a “?? Pummelo,” which is currently ripening on the kitchen table. I’ll keep you updated on how that turns out 😉