Vintage Citrus Labels

Y’all might
remember
that I grew up in
Florida…..

And there ain’t no
real debate about
where the best
juice-oranges in
the world are
grown.

That’s right.
Florida.

Even today.

Of course, when
it comes down to
other kinds of
oranges, like those
beautiful Valencias
grown in California,
eating out of hand
is perfect for them.

And the blood oranges
from Spain —
– color and a bite –

Or those lovely
little Mandarins
from Southeast Asia.

Yum.

So, when it comes
to oranges, it’s all
in what you wanna
do with them.

And this post is
sorta like that….

I wanted to post
some beautiful
vintage citrus
fruit crate labels
that I especially like.

And so it seemed
natural enough to
start with my
favorite –
(lemons,
notwithstanding)
— oranges.

But ya know,
there are other
citrus fruits-
some of which,
you’ve probably
never even
heard of…..

Like “Pompia”
from Sardinia —
where the peel is
much more tasty
than the fruit.

How about
“Buddha’s Hand”,
which is a variety
of citron that is
so fragrant, it’s used
primarily as an air
freshener.

Or the “Oroblanco”,
which reminds one of
a sweet grapefruit,
but is a lively
color of green when
ripe.

And you can’t forget
the noble “Kumquat” ..
— honestly —
with a name
like that, you
know it’s gonna
be a treat, right ?

Been to Jamaica?
Well, while there,
you might have seen
a strange looking
citrus fruit there
that looks like a
Pomelo’s homely cousin.

And it’s got a
name to match:
the “Ugli” fruit.
It tastes like a cross
between a tangerine
and a lemon.

Another lesser known
citrus is “Bergamot” –
which is quite tasty
when it’s used in
marmalades, candy
and Lady Grey Tea.

Today’s whole lineup of
citrus fruits is thought
to have descended from
oranges –

— which developed
in the foothills of
the Himalaya Mountains,
a couple million years ago.

And it’s antiquity
might go far
to explain it’s
connection with
the various
religious cultures
of the world.

The Citron,
or “Etrog”
for instance,
is significant
to Hebraic peoples —
as it is to Hindus.

The bitter orange,
or ” Daidai ” is
essential to Japanese
New Year celebrations.

And, in Europe, an
orange in your stocking
at Christmas means
the promise of good
health and vigor.

Hey,
it really never
was just about
orange juice,
ya know ?

The crate labels
we feature today
are beautiful examples
of the form —

I wonder
if anybody
noticed that
I snuck one
non-citrus label
in there,
as a ringer,
simply because
it’s so terrific.

Sweet,
right?

!!! HOY !!!

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