The first thing I noticed upon returning to Houston after 14 years away? Flipping citrus is everywhere.
Photo by Clayton Bell, of The Bell House blog, thebellhouse.weebly.com The Ujukitsu lemon
In December, when I arrived, a laden grapefruit tree was around every corner, satsumas fell and gathered beneath their bushes, bright lemons winked from boughs, and kumquats -- those pellets of pure Vitamin C -- were just getting started.
Growing up here in the 1970s, I recall only the occasional banana tree, the kumquats, and loquats on their sharp-leafed dusky trees. They were all a mystery -- and the loquats were relegated to the birds.
Now I'm officially an Overeager Citrus Person.