In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the alternative ways of dealing with oranges that I have been trying out. Not sure who thought that orange juice with toast and marmalade was healthy for breakfast, I feel terrible.
Actually, I know exactly who thought of orange juice and toast and marmalade for breakfast. Yes, marmalade is a Scottish invention. It all started over a 100 yrs ago when a ship full of oranges arrived in the port of Dundee, Scotland and the oranges started to rot. Being frugal, business like and also having tons of sugar coming into the same port - they thought of marmalade. So the origin of this habit was not nutritional more typical Scottish behavior. Here I am 100 years or so later falling into the same trap, my genetics getting me into trouble again, yikes.
It is pretty easy to give away oranges. Maybe why I have had somewhat limited success selling them on the 'private market' - too many people are giving them away already. That said, I have bartered them for eggs, riding lesson/pony pals for Beatrice, in part payment for a foot seminar @ the fabulous Boquete Body Mind Doho. I am now on a roll with this barter thing.... Open to offers, what will ya give me for oranges? I could really do with a manicure or pedicure, other veggies would be nice. In particular, anyone who could swap me organic potatoes can have as many oranges as they want.
Thank the Lord for small mercies: There is something rather special about orange trees, other than the oranges. That is the bark is rough and lends itself to growing orchids and bromeliads on it. In fact my trees are covered in wild bromeliads. I have started to plant ornamental ones on the ones closest to the house. That should distract me from the fruit. Some of the bromeliads per the photo are quite colorful. Same with orchids.
Another cunning trick along the same lines came from an idea I have seen working in California. About six months ago, I planted 30 passion fruit plants on as many trees. The idea being that they take the tree over, cover it with pretty blue passion fruit flowers and then give me a fruit which is worth more in the market than oranges. After 3-4 years or so, they get felled for firewood. We have already felled 20 of the oldest trees and my worker is today collecting the wood and putting it under a tarp to dry. I hear it is the very best wood for a fire that there is and am looking forward to some cold damp nights gazing into the embers and thinking of something other than oranges.