It was with great joy that we greeted the news that we should finish packing our citrus at the end of this week. It’s been a long hard season having packed in excess of 12 million kilograms of citrus fruit since April. We have worked long hours with quite a bit of physical exertion – our bodies and minds are tired and the coming break will be welcome.
Last night when driving home I was assailed by the most beautiful scent when driving past the orchards. Puzzled, I looked around – and this is what I saw.
Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Please no! I just can’t anymore! Before the last fruit are plucked from the trees, they are starting to blossom! Yes, a most heavenly scent – but please – NO MORE ORANGES! In a panic I asked around – are we expecting another crop? The good news, I found, is that the orange fruit takes 10-12 months to form from blossom to mature fruit. Whew!
Now I can look forward to working half days till the mangoes start coming in.