Saturday, October 30, 2010

Atlas Mandarin crop

Atlas Mandarin, originally uploaded by AmyEmilia.
Not much of a picture. But, this is the ENTIRE crop of Atlas Mandarins from my tiny little tree. We planted the tree a year ago. Yes, I know you aren't supposed to let such a young tree fruit, but we just couldn't bear to pinch off all of the little guys. So, I left this one.

Slowly, slowly it got bigger and bigger. I had to add a support because the little tree (it is all of 2 feet tall) was leaning perilously towards the ground. Slowly, slowly the fruit changed from deep green to lime green, and in the last 2 weeks, more and more orange.

Since we were not going to be home the next few days, I clipped it off and brought it with us. We peeled and ate it tonight. What a wonderfully tart flavor, juicy and seedless too. I think it would be better to leave on the tree another week or so, but it was still eminently edible. Here's hoping our crop at least doubles next year!


kbos2hm said...

i have this thing with oranges manderines when do these come out is it for a very short time we have satsumers there is one type i like but guess what i dont know what they are called there supposed to come out at xmas time any idears

AmyEmilia said...

Hi kbos! Thanks for your comment. Our crop ripened here in Houston at the very end of October. I believe that the satsuma crop does go through Christmas - certainly there are still local satsumas in the farmers market here in January. Not sure which one you like but most of them are very tasty!


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