I Created A Paradise Of Citrus

Many years ago, when I moved to California, the backyard of the house I purchased was burned by the sun, arid, no one needle of grass in site and nothing was growing. The climate was sunny and mild, I saw the potential for reproducing a Mediterranean garden with a small orchard, as I was used to. My vision was clear, the canvas was blank and I started to create.

I planted first citrus trees, lemons, blood and navel oranges, then apples, apricots, berries and a two avocado trees that have not produced anything. Then, I started to create vignettes of relaxation and beauty with garden furniture, fun décor, lighting and accessories, but I left a certain roughness to it, I didn’t want a manicured garden. These are the blood oranges growing over the arbor that bless me with health all year, except August and September. I really have made a small paradise in my backyard.

It was necessary to learn how to process all the fruit I was hoping to get and certainly, I did get a bounty from nature. I only used water, good organic fertilizer and my singing. Yes, plants feel and hear the voice of the person who loves them, the more I sing to them, the happier they get and produce more. I know they love the operatic voices of il Volo, Cecilia Bartoli, Maria Callas, Pavarotti, Caruso, and most of the sopranos/tenors I listen to. The result is a florid, thriving garden I can eat off of it.

Now, I make citrus juices mixed with other fruit or vegetable for the morning breakfast. I add nothing else to the mixture, no water, no sugar, no additives or coagulants. My juicer discards fibers and peels, what I get is pure juice.
This is oranges and raw beets.

This is a juice made with oranges, apricots and lemons.

Here I have a delicious glass of oranges and carrots.

Here there is mixture of red bell peppers, oranges and apples.
All these juices lend themselves to become an alcoholic spritzer made with a bit of bubbles or mineral water for a non-alcoholic refreshing drink.

Aside from juices, I use my oranges and lemons as house cleaning products, facial masks and facial treatment products. I don’t have to buy anything the market proposes any more and I avoid chemicals, or other unpronounceable stuff that enter our body when we use commercial made products. I talk about what to do with citrus in my booklet Naked Lemons, the book Facebook blocks every time I advertise it, as the word “naked” suggests pornography to their stupid algorithms.

I hope you will try some of these, there is nothing to it, it takes very little time to make a glass loaded with pleasure. Ciao.
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel.
Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble

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  1. robertawrites235681907
    Nov 21, 2022 @ 05:09:46

    HI VAlentina, what an amazing garden you have created. WE have also planted a number of fruit trees since we moved into our house 18 years ago. Most of the fruit goes to feed the numerous fruit eating birds that live in our local bird sanctuary.

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  2. Awakening Wonders
    Nov 17, 2022 @ 03:52:48

    Your backyard sounds like paradise! Thanks for sharing your book – Limoncello is occasionally enjoyed at our house during the spring/summer.

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    • Valentina
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 01:20:09

      Thank you Mary. I am glad to hear your family enjoys limoncello, it’s certainly a social drink.
      My paradise is rustic and natural, it changes every season, it follows the cycle of life, some plants die and some come back to life. It’s always interesting to watch it.

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