Orange County California, named for the delicious golden fruit that has become an American staple, is a citrus growers dream. Balmy weather, plenty of sun, and enough garden centers and nurseries to keep the most avid gardener busy for a lifetime, make Orange County the perfect place to search for new homes for sale. If it’s the tree fruit that has you salivating for a new place, here are the best varieties for your own backyard citrus grove.
This gorgeous fruit looks like any other orange from the outside, but the flesh of the blood orange is a deep red, hence the name. The flavor is said to have a hint of raspberry in it. Sweet and just a touch tart and 100% delicious.
Tangerines are proof that sweet things come in small packages. A relative of Mandarin oranges and originating in Tangier, Morocco, the tangerine is perfect for juicing and fresh eating.
Improved Meyer Lemon
Meyer lemons are believed to be from a cross between lemon and either tangerine or mandarin oranges. With a less acidic, sweeter flavor than regular lemons these wonderful fruits have found their way into desserts, drinks, and dishes of all kinds. Be sure to choose an “Improved” tree to avoid disease.
Mexican Lime (Key Lime)
This all-purpose lime is great for cooking and fresh use. The tree itself is not winter or frost hardy. You won’t have much worry of that in Orange County, but be sure to protect this tree if it ever threatens to get too cold.
Grapefruit is a little trickier to grow than some other citrus fruits, preferring a desert growing climate. Oroblanco is a great variety with a sweet flavor and better-suited to Southern California than some other varieties might be.