Monday, August 22, 2011

day 22: trees

hello. seven baby calamansi trees growing indoors on my kitchen shelf.  I followed online tutorials on how to grow lemon trees from seed and applied it to the seeds I saved from calamansi fruit from the asian market and from family.  I hope I can keep them alive and well until maturity.  Family in CA have been keeping their eyes peeled for more mature trees in their local nurseries, but haven't had any luck for the past couple of years.   Furthermore, apparently you can buy them online, but they can't be shipped to citrus states like Texas, CA, FL and AZ.    That's why I've resorted to this lengthy method of obtaining a calamansi tree. It could take 10 years for these babies to mature and a couple more after that, for them to bear fruit.  It's still cheaper than a plane ticket home to the Philippines!
credits: *paislee press 2010 calendar stamp, that i modified for 2011.
*overlay edge stax by Kim Liddiard and *hand drawn circle doodle by me.

2 comments:

Jen said...

They're cute! What does calamansi fruit taste like? I've never heard of it?

<3 jen @ stuffjendid

mars said...

Hi jen, yes they are cute! Calamansi fruit is a small round tart citrus hybrid (smaller than a key lime)...It's a household condiment in the Philippines. When green, although it has a tiny hint of orange-ness...it's best used like you would a lime/lemon squeeze onto seafood, meat, marinades, sauces to brighten the flavor. Also makes a refreshing cold calamansi-aide mixed with water and honey/sugar...drink it hot for a soothing comfort when sick. If it lasts in our kitchen until it turns orange, it's a bit sweeter.