Our Christmas Vacation: Citrus Searching in Tampa

For the first installment in my series of posts about our wonderful week long vacation in Florida I thought I would show you these gorgeous photos of a walk we took around the neighborhood where we were staying in Tampa.  My mother-in-law’s sisters and their husbands live there, on the water, in a gorgeous house in a fabulous neighborhood.  We always have such a fun time visiting them and now that all three of the kids are older, out of diapers, and deal better with long car rides, maybe we’ll visit more often.  In Florida it’s not uncommon to find various fruits growing on your property.  A lot of the fruit trees in the neighborhood where we were staying are dying or on lots where the houses are now vacant.  Picking the fruit was totally fine and encouraged!  We brought home ten lemons and 8ish grapefruits!  What a healthy organic food goldmine!  I loved that the kids had a chance to see how these foods are grown up close and personal.

Gorgeous yellow flowers are still a bloomin' in Florida even in December.

Gorgeous yellow flowers are still a bloomin’ in Florida even in December.

 

These grapefruits would have cost us a lot of money here in Tennessee. I brought them home and juiced them for breakfast!

These grapefruits would have cost us a lot of money here in Tennessee. I brought them home and juiced them for breakfast!

Ronin and her Aunt Deb picked a lot of citrus fruit from trees in the neighborhood.

Ronin and her Aunt Deb picked a lot of citrus fruit from trees in the neighborhood.

 

Fresh organic lemons!  I brought these home, zested the rinds, juiced the fruit, and put the goodness in the freezer for future recipes.

Fresh organic lemons! I brought these home, zested the rinds, juiced the fruit, and put the goodness in the freezer for future recipes.

Hunter tried some of the tiny oranges but they were very bitter and sour.

Hunter tried some of the tiny oranges but they were very bitter and sour.

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They might look pretty but they sure tasted gross!

To learn more about citrus fruit grown in Florida, check out this fun YouTube video.

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