At the end of this month, I’ll be moving back to my hometown of Indianapolis, IN. As I prepare to say my goodbyes and restart my life one more time, I have been thinking about how to carry with me some of my favorite California experiences. I have thought about joining or starting a new drum circle there, driving to neighboring states in search of dark skies to photograph, and of course growing some of the fruits that make farmers markets around here so special. To that end, I adopted two new fruit trees into my patio garden family today. I had never seen a Satsuma mandarin orange until I moved to California. Last year I drove to a farm in Brentwood and bought a whole case of fresh Satsumas to share with family and friends over the holidays. This year I bought a tree, so hopefully I can continue to enjoy them for many Decembers to come.
My other acquisition (also pictured above) is a Santa Teresa Feminello Lemon. This is an Italian type of lemon, famed for its exceptionally flavorful and aromatic zest. This tree arrived larger than the Satsuma and already covered in blossoms and teeny tiny fruits. I haven’t decided yet if I should allow the tree to try and ripen any fruits this year. Last year I pruned all the young fruit from my Meyer lemon tree in hopes of encouraging more leaves, branches, and roots. However, I allowed my Bearss lime tree to produce 8 fruits, and both trees seem very healthy at this time.
Of course, one day I hope to make lots of limoncello with these delicious fruits. I’d like to experiment with herbal twists on the classic Italian beverage, as well as a sour version. The juice of this lemon variety is more similar to Eureka than the Meyer lemon, and will have a high acid content making it a great addition to preserves, lemonade, and cleaning supplies.