Monday, 20 December 2010
Portakal and Mandalin
Mr A bought these mandarin oranges at a market yesterday. About 5 kilos cost him a total of 1.5 lira (just over 40 pence). They were cheap because they had blemishes on some of the skins...which made absolutely no difference at all to the juicy, seedless fruit inside.
Several years ago, when we lived outside Side, Antalya, our apartment block was next to an orchard and there was such a glut of portakal and mandalin that the owner insisted on giving us huge bags of them every day. We had so many that I was squeezing litres of juice from them and storing in the freezer...and I attempted a kind of marmalade/jam...which wasn't terribly successful.
We have two lemon trees in our garden and the fruit are coming along nicely. They are much larger than last year but they are still a bit green, so not quite ready. Although last week, we ran out of jam, so I picked some of the lemons and made a quick lemon curd, which was delicious. Even though the lemons were hard, they still contained a lot of juice.
I remember when I was a child, that mandarin oranges were a treat, and we only had them at Christmas. And here I am now, with so many of them that it's hard not to take them for granted.