As I look at houses, good exterior space is always at the top of my list. I have visions of orange and lemon trees in my yard from which I pick fresh fruit daily. We have apple and pear trees in Massachusetts, but citrus trees are a whole new thing. Plus the flowers they produce in spring smell delightful! Arizona is HOT, as we all know. It’s suppose to be over 100 degrees next weekend while we’re there house hunting. There is nothing better on a hot day than an icy cold glass of lemonade, especially when you can make it with your own fruit! As we prepare for summer, try mixing up some homemade lemonade:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (8 large lemons)
5 cups water
Stir together sugar and 1/2 cup boiling water until sugar dissolves. Stir in lemon rind, lemon juice , and 5 cups water. Chill. Serve over ice.
Now, it takes a lot of effort to squeeze 8 lemons, but a good juicer can help you there. Krups has just released a juicer that will do all the work for you. Whether it’s lemon, orange, lime or grapefruit juice, it will squeeze them all. You can juice fresh fruit as needed for recipes, too.
I’ve been looking into places to buy trees in Arizona and I’m hoping to visit a couple next weekend to get an idea of size and price. I think you have to plant them in the winter/spring anyway, so my fresh juice might have to wait until next year, but getting some citrus trees is a top priority! These are a couple I’m keeping my eye on and will hopefully review as I get a chance to visit them: