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Satsuma Trees

Every fall growing up many boxes of small oranges would show up in the house. I would eat them till I was sick! Not from a cold of course, but sick to my stomach. Later I would learn that these were satsumas... Grown locally in southern Louisiana. I remember talking to Papa, about them. He would always tell me he regretted not re-planting his satsuma trees after several really hard freezes in the 80's that damaged much of the state's citrus orchards. Go figure, we have not have had that series of serious freezes since then.

Now I enjoy red navel oranges from my Dad's tree here in town. They are so sweet! And of course seedless. He has them planted in a weird spot. He has an area about 15 feet wide and 40 feet deep beside his house which is fenced in. So picture a dead end fenced in section of a yard with 4 large citrus trees hanging out... Two kumquats and two navel oranges. They take up about 10 feet by 10 feet. The spot is protected my most cold weather - the 20 degrees freezes last year didn't affect them at all. 

This is the time of year for eating the freshest citrus out there - I cannot wait for the memories to come flooding back with each slice!

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