That was when so many of the Orange Groves were killed...
The Up-Side was tat some entrepreneurial type took the opportunity to replace the trees with KEY LIME Trees instead ...which are FAR More Rare and valuable, so the first crop alone more than paid "In Spades" for the change-over.
As for me.. I've been baking Key Lime Pies ever since since you can now buy Nellie & Joe's Key Lime Juice in just about any grocery store ever since.
(something something something.. about being an ill wind that doesn't blow somebody some good.)
S'truth! everything else tastes like a GREEN LOLLY*POP
Mom had a big ol'tree in her front yard The tree was constantly covered with flowers, ...and fruit in every stage of development. That's another thing that makes the juice so difficult to obtain... they're NOT like apples; they DON'T all ripen at once so the orchard-men can simply go out, pick them and crate them up.
Everyone in the neighborhood had it scoped-out!
Every time one of the ping-pong-ball sized limes begin to turn yellow they'd all watch it until it would hit the ground then people would scurry out their door like trap-door spiders and practically catch them on the first bounce.
Getting enough for a pie was a quite a challenge!
The "fun" finally ended when a hurricane took out the tree one year while my inlaws were away.
When we run into Key Lime Pie on a menu? We always ask what color it is. If they say green, we pass. Jim makes a killer KL Pie, but I'm thinking there was a time when you couldn't get the Key limes, outside of Florida? You had to settle for the bottled stuff?
Well, damn. Now I've got a serious case of the munchies.
Edited by Lea (02/13/1004:28 PM) Edit Reason: Sweet Clarity
_________________________ I always deserve it. Really.
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
Key Limes are small - about 2" across (at most) and have a yellow rind. Saw some today at our downtown Saturday Morning Market, but didn't buy for pie making since both my wife and father-in-law can't eat high sugar/fat things. Key Lime Pie isn't exactly diet food.
That's what Treebeard does for a living.. he propagates fruit trees.
They use a hearty rootstock that can tolerate a very wide range of temperatures & conditions, but the fruit is tiny & bitter and full of seeds. ..but they use that rootstock to graft more desirable species onto, and then they sell the trees worldwide.
They've developed such hybrids as Plumcots & Pluots and Pink Lady Apples.
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