Last week was a holding pattern week on our renovation. We’ve decided to start with our backyard landscaping and pool as our first project and our landscaper was on vacation (not sure who gave him permission to do that! LOL just kidding). So we enjoyed the week of no workers being around by grooming the citrus grove in our backyard that is more like a citrus forest at the moment. And my we I mean my husband. We picked literally thousands of limes, THOUSANDS!
We have at least 8 citrus trees in our citrus forest/grove and we haven’t quite discovered what they all are yet because some of them have no fruit on them yet and some of them have fruit but we’re not sure what it is or when it’s supposed to be ripe. Because the trees weren’t watered well over the last several months, they started ripening right after we started watering them, which is out of season. At first we weren’t sure what sort of limes we had, regular Persian limes or Key Limes. Then we discovered we have both! We picked about 100 Persian limes a couple of weeks ago, those were easy to tell what they were. The Key Limes though were turning yellow so we thought they might be a type of lemon, but after some internet research and taste testing, we figured out they were Key Limes.
(PERSIAN LIMES) (KEY LIMES)
Our Key Lime tree is OUT OF CONTROL. We have literally picked over 2500 limes from it an there are probably 300-500 limes still on the tree. No joke. Myself, my husband and both of our kids picked limes for 2 full evenings and filled bags and bags with key limes. Oh and did you know that citrus trees have thorns?! Well they do, my arms discovered that the prickly way.
So what do you do with thousands of limes? Well you give a LOT of them away. We gave away 12 large, like gallon and a half size bags full of limes away. I didn’t want to give them all away and you can only use so many fresh limes before you’re limed out. So I started to juice them. Over three different evenings I juiced over 650 limes. . .by hand lol! The limes were too small for my electric citrus juicer so I used a hand lime juicer and just cut and squeezed hundreds of limes. Then I froze the juice into ice cube trays so I’d have it for later when I no longer have thousands of ripe limes.
That’s 20 cups of Key Lime Juice in case you were wondering. All juiced by hand.
Some of you are thinking, geeze, that sounds like a lot of work, and it was work, but it was also in a strange way very therapeutic. Yard work is not my thing, but having citrus and fruit trees in our yard has changed me I think. I actually enjoy going the forest/grove and picking fruit, trying to discover what we have, research what the fruits are and how to use them. It’s a rewarding process. Even squeezing limes by hand was relaxing. I just stood in the kitchen squeezing limes, watching TV and decompressing after a day at work.
Something else that I’m finding extremely rewarding about having trees to garden from is that I get to literally enjoy the fruit of my labor! I not only froze 16 cups of lime juice, I also kept 4 cups fresh and made Key Lime Pie!!! I’ve never ever made a pie in my life, but I couldn’t not make Key Lime Pie with all of our fresh Key Limes. And why make one when you can make three?! LOL! Let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS!!!! I took one to work to share and gave one to my friends and we devoured the last one ourselves. Fresh Key Lime Pie with homemade graham cracker crust and homemade whipped cream may be my new favorite thing. I hadn’t even ever tried Key Lime Pie before so I really have nothing to compare mine to, but I’d say mine were pretty darn good if I do say so myself.
MMMMMMMMM, PIE! Here’s the link to the recipe I used and it was Deeeelicous!
So what do you do when life gives you lots and LOTS of limes? You share and you enjoy. Life is always going to be full of busy stuff: work, school, sports, bills, etc. Sometimes it does you good to stop, squeeze some limes and enjoy the simpler things in life. . .home.
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