April 17, 2021

O - Oranges

Oranges are one more typical Florida icon on the list. Our state fruit is the orange, state flower is the orange blossom, and state juice is of course orange juice.

There are approximately 569,000 acres of citrus groves in Florida. Most are in the southern 2/3 of the state where freezes are less likely. There are about 76,000 Floridians who work in the citrus industry.

I have an orange tree in my front yard. My tree produces hundreds of delicious oranges each year. People would often come knock on my door when they saw the tree was so loaded to ask if they could have a few. Of course I always said yes. I had way more than we needed or would use. 

I don't like to open the door unless it's someone I know, so I started keeping a container of plastic bags on my front porch with a little sign saying help yourself to a bag of oranges. 

Last year I walked by my kitchen window in the afternoon and saw a man out there filling up a bag. I smiled to myself and was happy that I had plenty to share. I went outside later that day and was totally shocked to see he had taken all the bags and stripped every single orange off my tree. He didn't leave us one single orange. Who does something like that?!

More Florida fun coming Monday for the A to Z Challenge!

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  1. So nice to have more than enough oranges to share with your neighbours. Oh! I really don't know what to say about that man who took all your oranges and not even leaving a single orange for you.

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    1. I still can't believe someone would do something like that!

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  2. Your orange tree sounds wonderful. But what a nasty man to strip the tree and take them all! I have no polite words for people like that! Enjoy your oranges! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. I wish I would have noticed before he was gone. I would have marched outside and demanded every single one of them back! Hope you are feeling a bit better Valerie. Have a nice weekend. Hugs!

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  3. What a total oxygen thief that man was. I hope karma kicks him in the fundament. Hard.

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  4. wow...I wish I lived nearby so I could come over and pick a few of oranges! Have never had one right off from the tree. Must be amazingly fresh and good!

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    1. They are so good, so much better than store bought. I wish you could come on over and get some too!

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  5. There are some strange ones out there! Yes, right off the tree are DELICIOUS!

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  6. before we lost our grapefruit tree disease, many years, we picked them and sat them in a container at the end of the driveway wiht a card saying free grapefruit. some people took all some took a few. the neighbor next door asked if her husbands brother could take a couple bags off the tree. we said yes. he did that a couple of times and then one day he pretty much stripped the tree. so now we know there are at least 2 who would DO THAT....

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    1. I wonder if he has another brother in my neighborhood? Crazy isn't it?!!

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  7. Oh wow, that man was greedy, and probably went and sold your oranges. What a shame after you had been so generous and gracious. I do miss having orange trees and grapefruit trees in our yard. My dad had some great navel oranges. We are a little too far north to safely grow them, although my son has some in his yard that they planted and they are starting to produce, so here's hoping. I love grapefruit best and it is hard to find good ones here as there aren't any fruit stands up this way. I don't like buying fruit in the grocery store as it often comes from CA. or other foreign places and isn't our good Florida fruit. You are blessed to have those trees. Enjoy...but maybe you need to put out a sign asking people to please leave some fruit for you too! Have a blessed day.

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    1. I hope you son's tree does well! I think it's so crazy that our stores import citrus and other things that grows well right here in Florida. I've never understood that. I no longer have a sign out at all. My immediate neighbors know they are welcome to come take some whenever they want, anyone else will have to ask now - if I feel like answering the door. One greedy man ruined it for all.

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  8. How nice to have your own orange tree.
    That is pretty rude that someone would do that. Just because it said help yourself doesn't mean take it all. I bet he took them somewhere and sold them too.

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    1. And it specifically said help yourself to A BAG, not take as many as you want! He probably did sell them.

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  9. We appear to live in a time when no good deed goes unpunished. How sad!

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  10. My bet would be he then sold saud oranges! That's a shame you wanted to do something nice and were taken advantage of.

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    1. Yep, I've been doing that for many years and now the little sign and bags are gone. One greedy person ruined it for others.

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  11. It does hurt when our generous gestures are taken for granted, Martha. I hope that man never came back!

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    1. It's like Marie said in an earlier comment - no good deed goes unpunished these days. :(

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  12. Wow. What a deplorable individual. It's terrible to have your kindness taken advantage of.

    I am jealous of your orange tree. How wonderful! But I know you enjoy it.

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    1. Agreed Nance. We really do enjoy having our fresh oranges and orange juice. It's so much better than store bought.

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  13. Dang, that was some rude human. Fresh tree picked oranges are the best!

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    1. It was so rude! Fresh picked are definitely delicious :)

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    1. Being greedy and taking a lot is one thing, but not even leave a single orange on the tree, just unbelievable!

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  15. How mean of that man! There should be a change in your sign -- "take a few! But leave some for us!" I hope he didn't set up his own orange juice stand down the street. How sad.

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    1. The sign is no longer there, that man ruined it for everyone else. Immediate neighbors know they can come get some whenever they want. Anyone else will have to ask - if I feel like answering the door!

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  16. What? Dude!
    The smell of orange blossoms takes me back to the '60s and that time our family spent Spring Break with my cousins in Palm Beach. We have a few orange groves left here in SoCal. Whenever I drive by, I roll down the windows for that heavenly scent.

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    1. Right?! The scent of the orange blossom is so delicious! :)

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  17. I was smiling about your orange tree and the bags you left for others to share in your bounty. But someone that takes them all? How rude! They must have been for sale somewhere close by later that day! SHISH!!!

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  18. Some people are just awful. No other word for it.

    Loving your Florida overview. My parents are in Palm Harbor. I must admit I could not live in Florida...the alligators (and bugs and everything else scary) are just too much for me. We have often gone to the bayou in Tarpon Springs and watched the manatees. They are just beautiful creatures.

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    1. Thanks so much Elle. Palm Harbor is beautiful and I love watching the manatees too. The only thing I dislike about Florida are the brutal summers. I'm getting too old to withstand the extreme heat!

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  19. Haha. That made me laugh.

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    1. I sure didn't think it was funny at the time. We love having our oranges and were out of luck for ourselves.

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  20. Lecky you to have an orange tree in your front yard. We used to have a peach tree, but it died a few years ago.

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    1. Our tree isn't looking very good this year. Lots of citrus trees in our area are getting diseased. :(

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  21. I love Florida oranges and always look for them in the store. I got to see many orange groves when I visited there. It's amazing how many they do grow. The fresh ones are wonderful and so nice of you to share yours, but shame on that man for taking so many more than he could possibly eat. I hope he shared them too.

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    1. I hope so too Ma. I still can't believe anyone would have the nerve to take every last one!

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  22. Oh wow, that man was rude! It would be nice to have an orange tree in my yard.
    Take care, have a happy weekend!

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    1. It is nice to just be able to go out and pick fresh oranges to eat or make juice. I hope you have a happy weekend too! :)

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  23. How disappointing! Some people are just greedy pigs. (Sorry ... sigh)
    I remember how, on summer road trips, my parents would look forward to stopping at the first 'Welcome to Florida' visitors center for complimentary OJ.

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    1. I wonder if they still do that? I remember stopping too when we would be on the way back from summer vacation. :)

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  24. There is nothing better than an orange fresh off the tree.

    So sorry someone was so greedy!

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    1. They are delicious! I still can't get over than man who did that.

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  25. That was strange. I would think anyone would figure that sign meant within reason. I hope he put them to good use, like a homeless shelter, but then, if he was doing that he probably would have approached you.
    Thanks for the super easy O for the scavenger hunt today! First blog visited!

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    1. Exactly Lisa and if it was for good cause I would have grabbed a little bagful for myself and offered all the rest.

      What scavenger hunt are you doing? I want to play along! I love scavenger hunts.

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  26. OMG I can't believe he took ALL the oranges! But, what a sweet thing for you to offer. I had no idea there were things like state juices :D

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    1. Isn't that awful! Yep, All states have a state beverage but oddly most of them are milk.

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  27. Oh my word... that man's actions left my mouth hanging open when I read it! What a pig! He was probably a tourist and promised folks back home a bag of oranges each, when he returned. Your tree saved him from buying them!! Jerk! ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. That's exactly how I felt when I saw he had taken all of them, and you're probably exactly right on that, definitely a jerk!

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  28. I can't believe someone would take them ALL. How rude. Have a great weekend Martha.

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    1. I couldn't believe it either Lori! I hope you have a great weekend too! :)

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  29. How wonderful to share your fresh oranges! That man was rude and greedy. (like some of my trick or treaters if I leave candy out with a note to take two)

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    1. At least the thieving trick or treaters are kids or teenagers. This was a grown man acting like that!

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  30. Sadly, I can believe that the man took all your oranges because I've experienced something similar with the pomegranate tree I have in the front garden! But, your orange tree sounds wonderful and it is very kind of you to offer them to anyone who might want some.

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    1. I guess that's what happens when we have things out front, but what nerve some people have!

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  31. Wow!!! What a sad state of affairs for your generosity of spirit and for your neighbors.

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    1. I don't know what kind of person it would take to do something like that!

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  32. Unfortunately there are jerks everywhere. Oranges are one fruit I have never had from a tree but I'm sure they are delicious.

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    1. I guess so Bill, it's a shame. I hope you are having a nice weekend. :)

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  33. How lovely of you to share, but I can't believe someone had the nerve to do that! We have a Satsuma orange tree at the beach house, they are sooo good, but Hurricane Sally ruined our crop this year, fingers crossed they come back next year

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that, I hope they come back and nice and strong too!

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    1. Thanks and thank you for the visit. :)

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  35. During my first trip to FL to visit Disney, I also spent an afternoon with a friend's father who had an orange grove. We rode around among the grove sampling oranges as we went. That part of the trip was my favorite outshining all of the Disney magic. I've never lived anywhere warm enough for citrus, so an orange tree in the front yard is its own kind of magic to me.

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    1. What a special treat! I would even love to do that even though I live here and have my own orange tree. I can see how that would have been even better than the Disney magic! :)

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  36. How wonderful to have fresh oranges in your yard!! What a nice thing for you to share your bounty with others. 🙂 I can't believe that man took all your oranges like that!! He probably sold them.

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    1. He probably did. Some people's greed just leaves me speechless!

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  37. It's so sad that there are people in this world like the one who took advantage of your generosity. I remember visiting Florida's Natural when I was in the Lake Wales area several years ago. Also (I have family in Orlando) learning about Dr.Phillip Phillips, who helped create the Florida citrus industry and is still remembered in Orlando.

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    1. Thanks Alana. It is sad people would do such things. I don't think I've ever been to Lake Wales. It's a stop I'll have to make one of these days!

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  38. It's so nice of you to share, but what a shame that someone had no manners and took advantage of it.

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    1. I only share with immediate neighbors these days and take excess that I would normally share with strangers driving by to the food bank instead after that experience!

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  39. Phooey on that man!! Plus he was tresspassing! So do you ever anage to use them all?

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    1. Well Ginny he wasn't really trespassing because I had the sign telling people it was ok to take a bag of them, but he was still a greedy jerk! We could never use them all of them unless I had another freezer so I could juice and freeze for our OJ for the year.

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  40. That's terrible. I wonder what he wanted all of those oranges for. A few, sure. Some people...

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    1. Probably to either to sell them or like someone else mentioned, maybe a tourist who would rather steal them than to buy them to bring back to friends up north.

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  41. How wonderful to have your own oranges! Have experienced something similar twice with my tomatoes. Needless to say, I stopped letting anyone pick their own tomatoes. Not like I had tons..but one I even said leave a few for us..andvthey picked every single one.

    Another time we were going on vacation just for 5 or 6 days and told a neighbor/fried they coukd pick the ripe ones while gone. Came home and you woukd have thought it was the end of the season...and that a tornado had been through. It was terrible...

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    1. It's just unbelievable what people will do!

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  42. What a lousy thing to happen. Like I often say, no act of kindness goes unpunished. Meh.

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  43. I love oranges, they are on my shopping list every week. Wish I lived close by I would come and take one or two.
    Some people!!! he certainly took advantage of your generosity.
    Have a great day.

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    1. I wish it wasn't so expensive to ship them, I'd much rather share with all my blog buddies than with people like the greedy man!

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  44. Oh my gosh, that is such a funny story, Martha. Was there other neighbors who came along and maybe took some of the oranges? Your post hit home for me, as Oranges are very special to me. My Mom used to put oranges in our stockings every Christmas, and I continued the tradition with my kids. Every Christmas, Jess still puts oranges in her Mom's stocking, and I get so excited when I see them. I watch the movie Christmas Oranges every year too. You should watch it sometime. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Neighbors came and got some all the time but all would take one bag at a time. That time it was definitely the one man. It was only maybe an hour after I saw him out there that I went out to get the mail and saw the bare tree. I remember my mother always telling me she and her siblings always got oranges in their Christmas stockings, but she didn't carry on the tradition. Have a lovely Sunday Sheri. :)

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  45. We have a ton of orange trees in our neighborhood (our house came with an old grapefruit tree that no longer produces & a Meyer lemon tree, but no oranges). We also have an orange tree that's half over our property, and the fruit falls in our pool if we don't pick it. We've spoken to our neighbor, who doesn't pick any of the fruit, so we get out a ladder & pick what we can. Lots of oranges! We juice them, use them for recipes, etc.

    Most of my neighbors also leave boxes of oranges out, with a "free" sign. There are also occasional complaints of people walking up & stripping their trees, which I think is nuts. Who would do that, without permission?!

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    1. Glad you are able to use the overhanging oranges at least. I guess people stripping fruit trees must be a somewhat common thing, several other have mentioned it happening to them as well. It's crazy that people think it's ok to do that!

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  46. UG! Some people are so greedy! I would be in orange heaven if I had such a fruitful tree in my yard!

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    1. We definitely enjoy them Jeanette! I hope you are having a great weekend. :)

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  47. Great that you are so generous. I'm sure most people appreciate it without abusing it.

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    1. Yes, all the rest have always been very appreciative and leave with one bag or ask first if they wanted extras. There always has to be one greedy jerk who comes along and ruins it for everyone else.

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  48. Oh, I know some people like that man too... luckily, for us, we managed to stop them before they stripped the trees bare..
    And I agree, fresh off the tree is so delish
    Nursery Rhymes are Great For All Times!

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    1. I'm so glad you caught them before it was too late. I can't believe people are that greedy!

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