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!