Satsuma Harvest (and Sale)

January 7, 2013 · 11 comments

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It’s harvest time in the greenhouse. We’ve been eating Satsuma mandarins off our own trees for a couple weeks now, and they’re awfully good, especially when considering their provenance.

In 2007, Henry ordered 65+ year-old citrus seedlings from Tree Source Citrus Nursery (propagated from varieties kept at UC Riverside via Japan), and he grew them in tall pots for two years. Three years ago, he planted them into raised beds in our then-new greenhouse. The trees have been fertilized with compost and watered with rainwater and spring water.

The closest commercial citrus growing regions are hundreds of miles south of here, but some citrus plants are actually fairly hardy. Our trees will survive temperatures down to about 15°, but the fruit will spoil if temperatures dip below 28° for longer than 12 hours. On really cold nights (like some of the ones lately), Henry builds fires in the two big wood stoves at the ends of the greenhouse, and he stokes them a couple times in the middle of the night.

Aside from a smattering of random novelty citrus (pomelo, calamondin, kumquat, etc.), most of the trees in our greenhouse are Satsumas, including six different varieties: ’Okitsu Wase’, ‘Miho Wase’, ‘Miyagawa’, ‘Armstrong’, ‘Kishu’, ‘Dobashi Beni’, and ‘Owari’ all growing on ‘C35′ or ‘carrizo’ rootstock. Henry’s favorites are ‘Miho Wase’ and ‘Miyagawa’ because they have superior flavor, and their fruit ripens earlier.

This is the first year that we’ll have more fruit than we can eat or give away to our friends and neighbors. Henry will harvest about 150 pounds of tree-ripened satsumas this week, and we’ve decided to sell them locally. If you are in the Philomath/Corvallis area, and you’d like to order 5+ pounds, email Henry at oldblueseedco@gmail.com. He’s going to set up a time and location in West Corvallis next Sunday (January 13) afternoon for order pickups. He will email you more details if you’re interested.

Update: Thanks, everyone! We’re sold out for the year. 

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You can read/see more about our greenhouse here, here, and here.

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We also have one meyer lemon tree, but those fruits are all mine and not for sale. I would, however, gladly accept your favorite lemon-centric recipes. Thanks!

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Elaine January 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

Wow, how awesome is this, I had no idea that you could grow citrus in our little corner of the world. Wish I were a little bit closer:)

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Kelly Sitton January 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

This is great! The trees and fruit are beautiful!

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will drabkin January 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

How might we go about purchasing some of the “local” fruit?

Cost, please.

Thanks. W

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Kerrie January 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Very cool! I can trade lemon-centric recipes for meyers lemons! Even one-at-at-time! :)

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mae January 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Perfect timing! This is today’s recipe on one of my favorite food blogs. And dare I say… barbequeable?
http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/01/meyer-lemon-pizza/

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Camille January 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Oooohhh…that sounds delicious. Thanks, Mae.

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Misti January 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm

That is really awesome! We have four citrus that we put in the ground this year (Z 9A) that I can’t wait to get fruit off of in a few years. Enjoy!

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Angela January 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I really enjoyed this Lemon Pudding Cake that I tried last week: http://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/Lemon-Pudding-Cake/19093 :-)

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Tom | Tall Clover Farm January 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

Meyer Lemons? Did you say lemon recipe? Here’s my favorite lemon dessert– a tart based on a Shaker Lemon Pie recipe: http://tallcloverfarm.com/7694/shaker-lemon-pie-makeover-tart-in-the-making.

Congrats on the great crop of Oregon citrus! I’m just trying to get some peaches to grow here ;-)

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Kim January 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm

oh! I wish I had seen this post when it first went up. If for some reason you end up with extra satsumas after all… I love your blog but have only ever checked in on it randomly. Missing this opportunity will make me finally subscribe to it so I get the new post notifications! Congratulations on such an awesome crop.

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kelly rydlund December 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I ran into this part of your website searching your cutting boards. We are going to look at one of the stores in Portland for one since we were tardy on getting an order in. I also have a satsuma although have had much poorer success. Here is my favorite lemon recipe which I imagine the Meyers lemons might also work for.
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/05/tart-au-citron-french-lemon-tart/

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