Fresh tangerine juice

Tangerines on a tree in Hawaii
Tangerines from a tree in Hawaii
Tangerine fruit juice

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Fresh.’ See more responses here.

Here’s a weekly ritual of mine these days. There are two tangerine trees on the property and they constantly churn out fruit. I rarely see the flowers, though I did eventually notice that they do exist (here).

Each week, I pick a small bucket of ripe fruit. Often I can just reach up an pick enough for my needs. Sometimes I use a ladder and rake to snag the higher fruits. Then I take my bounty inside and juice it. I use a hand juicer; I tried a powered one, but it didn’t really work for me. It doesn’t take long to fill my jar. This time I used 29 tangerines, but the number varies from week to week depending on how ripe they are and how juicy.

I could juice them daily for truly fresh juice, but this still tastes pretty good to me.

Also posted in response to this month’s Becky’s Squares challenge theme of ‘Odd.’ See more responses here.

18 thoughts on “Fresh tangerine juice

    1. Graham Post author

      The odd thing about these trees is that in the years I’ve lived here I’ve only seen a few flowers. I think it’s because they’re small and appear to orient themselves towards the sun. Parts must flower while there’s fruit on the tree though, because I have a new batch of fruit already growing.

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  1. SandyL

    Such luxury. I think of tangerines as being so much more precious than oranges. They’re smaller, sweeter and less prolific. Growing up, I remember buying them from roadside stands while traveling through a particular part of the island (Jamaica). They looked just like yours – as does your juice. We never had enough to make juice though, they were gobbled up too quickly!

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    1. Graham Post author

      It is pretty nice just being able to pick fruit off the tree. I like the tangerine juice because it’s sweet, but has a little tartness to set it off. One time I picked some tangerines that weren’t as ripe as I thought and the tartness rather overwhelmed everything.

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