I spent a beautiful day (78 degrees!) as a Master Gardener volunteer at one of our local annual Citrus Clinics. I was assigned to the coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice and donut table! I did not eat or taste even one donut! I knew if I started I could not stop. I certainly did not want anyone to see me inhale a dozen donuts in less than 5 minutes! We did a brisk business and sold out the donuts before noon.
I prepared myself for donut abstinence by eating oatmeal at 5 am and bringing a low-carb, high protein drink to the Clinic. I did allow myself 4 ounces of orange juice in mid-morning. We used a machine where you just drop whole oranges down a chute, and the machine cuts them in half, squeezes them, and out comes the juice at the other end. The rinds drop into a bin that had to be dumped when full. It took about three oranges for a cup of juice. I wish I had one of those machines, but at $3500, I guess I'll squeeze my oranges by hand.
We juiced Trovita variety oranges in the machine. It was fun to watch through the little window at how the thing worked. People were fascinated with it.
Tasting tables were set up and classes held throughout the orchard on everything to do with citrus. This will be the last year the research farm will be operated in our end of the Valley. The acreage is now surrounded on three sides with housing developments. Such is progress! I hate to see all those varieties of trees just abandoned and left to die.
As you can see, there are more varieties of citrus than you can find in the grocery stores. The farm has about 100 varieties of citrus.