Autumn gold

My parents recently emailed about their yard cleaning chores, and how they filled a truck bed two times with fallen leaves to take to the town compost heap. Autumn is so different here. We do have some trees that drop their leaves, but we also have acres and acres (or hectares and hectares) of trees that look like this:

orange tree

This is our autumn gold! And after a seasonal pause, I’m back to making orange juice on a regular basis. It’s one of my absolute favorite things about living in the Algarve. (Well, that and wearing t-shirts at the end of November.)

Out of scientific curiosity, I tried juicing tangerines, too.

I’ll stick with oranges.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to Autumn gold

  1. xenatuba says:

    T shirts at the end of November. Sigh. Oranges outside your door. Sigh. I’ll just go put on my long sleeve shirt and rain coat to go to work now. Sigh.

  2. Karyn says:

    I hope we get to hear the results of your scientific experiment. It will help pass the hours as we huddle indoors after raking leaves between rain showers in 35 degree weather.

    • oregon expat says:

      Raking wet leaves? What fun.

      Tangerine juice turns out to be much thinner than orange juice, and the flavor is…not compelling. I like eating tangerines, but for some reason their juice just doesn’t cut it. So we’re back to oranges again.

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