Kumquat Trees “Leaf” a Sweet Legacy

I planted trees that have become my legacy.  When I am no longer living, many of the trees will continue to live and bear fruits and nuts.  Perhaps you would consider “leafing” a planted Legacy.  Trees are a home to birds and provide shade for animals.  Our family trees will always be a part of our heritage but we create our own Legacy to leave behind.  My father died in his nineties and never stopped planting or express a concern over the time of harvest.  He is now enjoying the “Tree of Life” in heaven.  I am inspiring anyone to plant their own trees and consider a membership in The Arbor Day Foundation (501c non-profit).

Kumquat Tree © ,dacooking.com studio, Arbor Day, Mesa AZ

The showroom and studio landscaping plan was submitted for approval over fifteen years ago.  Cities, counties, states and countries around the world often designate a master plan for landscaping that includes a water conservation plan.  Careful consideration was paid during the design phase incorporating areas that would be defined as Xeriscape (low water or no irrigation landscaping). Arizona, U.S.A. has many unique native plant species that grow without irrigation.  That stated, many cactus on the property need no supplemental water and fine raked granite gravel naturally faceted reflects sunlight with pleasing sparkle.  Trees were selected that attract songbirds while a small grass area, formal rose garden and a birdbath are cool areas in the summer that encourage nesting in the Olive and Citrus trees.  No feeders were necessary.  Years later the harvest of fruits and flowers is plentiful and shared with clients, employees, friends and the homeless.

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The Kumquat Trees flower and fruit year round.  The fruit harvested this week is especially sweet.  Visitors tasted the fruit this week finding them a little too sour for their taste.  My friends and former neighbor were born in India and immigrated to the United States years ago.  They were not familiar with this particular citrus tree grown in various parts of the world.  The entire fruit is eaten raw: skin, pith, membrane and “jeweled” center. I chopped some up and made a quick Chutney with Ground Cumin, Ground Red Pepper, Black Pepper, Thyme, Celery Seed, Paprika, Garlic, Onion and a dash of Salt.  The result was phenomenal and praised by my friend who is a diabetic. It was a magical moment as I watched the expression of a face pleased with the taste of the hastily prepared Kumquat Chutney.  The spices and salt brought the sweet essence to the palate with celestial qualities.  I picked a bag of fruit for my friends who then shared them with their neighbors.  A telephone call was received describing their neighbor’s love for the fruit and a request for species details was given so they could plant a tree for themselves.

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