Sunday, November 23, 2008
Shhhhhhhhh, Don't tell Anyone!
One of things that I missed when we first came down here were lemons.
There is just something about the sweetness it has over the Mexican (Key) Lime, that is hard to describe.
No quantity of sugar or honey can make up for the inherent sweetness and tartness associated with the lemon.
We set out on several reconnaissance missions to various viveros in Morelia, Guadalajara and even the botanical capital of the area Uruapan and were disenchanted in all our efforts of finding any lemon trees.
We spent days and many liters of fuel looking in vain.
Lets bring one from the states, I told my wife.
There must surly be a lot of paper work involved in transporting such banned contraband into the country.
This started a mission. A mission that there would be a hundred different endings.
"yes, no problem"
"Yes, but it must be certified by a licensed agency"
"No, absolutely not permitted!"
And 97 more excuses.
Then under the cloak of darkness, surreptitiously hidden from view the journey began.
5 days later, the small 5 gallon sized tree was feasting on Holy Michoacan soil.
Soil that had fed millions of peoples from the last multiple millenniums to now, the citrus tree was adopted by dark, pine tree needled fertilized soil.
I could have my lemonade made with lemons, bright yellow lemons. Not tiny spherical limes, but large fragrant lemons.....YES!
Now I coddle the branches, the leaves, the fruit. I feed it monthly, I water it when it seeks water, I talk to it and praise its wonderful fruit.
My Blood Orange tree is cross with me.
I must have offended it several years ago when I scorned it in front of friends for not producing sufficient crimson colored sections and this was it's way of showing me who was in control.
I have apologized with it and have provided it with a special nourishment this year.
Maybe it will forgive me and honor me with orbs of tartness worthy of combining with champagne on special Sunday mornings.......
Meanwhile industrial cultivated ambiguous trees will have to provide the juice........