Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Orange you glad?

Do you remember the old knock-knock joke:

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Banana.
Banana who?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Banana.
Banana who?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

Seeing all of the orange trees along the road as we traveled through south-central Florida reminded me of that joke. From what I could see, orange trees are southern Florida's equivalent of corn fields in Nebraska! The groves were on both sides of the road and extended as far as I could see. To be honest, since the land in this area is flat as a pancake (somewhat akin to Nebraska) one can't see too far over all of the trees.


The orange production in Florida has suffered a huge decline in the last decade due to a disease called citrus greening (Huanglongbing) carried by a small Asian fly. The bacterium is deadly. There is no known cure. The infected trees' leaves yellow and the fruit is smaller, thick skinned and bitter. Eventually the tree dies.

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Since the inception of the disease in the US scientists have been working to develop a disease-resistant tree. New varieties of trees are now being planted to replenish decimated groves. 


Despite the decline in production, we saw a lot of trucks carrying heavy loads of oranges.

Picture from the Internet
We passed by a Florida's Natural orange juice processing plant. 


And saw more than one tanker carrying orange juice along the road.




2 comments:

  1. We used to enjoy seeing the orange grove! Nothing better than fresh oranges ! Sorry to see trees with a problem...must be really hard on the growers:(

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    1. It is very sad to drive by and see hundreds of dead and dying trees. But, it's nice that they have developed an alternative.

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