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Guava, Persimmons, and Oranges, Oh My!

In blogPost, forFront on December 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Approaching Sacramento from any direction gives you the feeling that Dorothy must have had on first seeing the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz.  Sacramento has fifteen buildings that are at least 200 feet tall and they form a picturesque cluster that can be seen from El Dorado Hills to the east, Sutter County to the North, and from the Yolo Bypass to the west.  The third tallest of these buildings at twenty-five floors and 396 feet is the Bank of the West Tower.  With its green glass walls, the Tower is reminiscent of the Emerald City, especially with a low sun in the west reflecting its magical green properties.

In Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, the Wizard notices “how green and pleasant the country was” and goes on to decree that everyone in the city must wear green eyeglasses so that the city appears green to everyone.  In Sacramento, we sometimes wear rose-colored glasses because we know how green and pleasant our city is.  It is not just green as in the new “green” of being concerned with the protection of the environment, but it is green in the bountiful produce available to everyone in Sacramento.

Just today we walked out into our midtown Sacramento yard and picked guavas, persimmons, and oranges!  Oh, my!

If you like jelly on your toast, you will never taste any jelly better than guava jelly.  If you have never tasted persimmon pudding, you are missing one of the great joys of a traditional American dessert similar to English Christmas pudding.  And oranges?  So California!  We will have fresh Mandarins and fresh-squeezed juice through February.

Lots of fruit trees do well in Sacramento backyard gardens.  In our neighborhood we have lemons, oranges, grapefruit, guava, persimmons, apples, almonds, walnuts, avocados, peaches, nectarines, and on and on.  The University of California Cooperative Extension Sacramento Master Gardeners’ website offers answers to questions from beginning to master gardeners that will have you producing enough food for your whole family and more to share.

Call me today and I’ll help you find a home with space to grow your own fruit trees!