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Orange You... No, No! I Mustn't! [Aug. 2nd, 2010|11:51 pm]
A delta breeze is finally bringing much cooler nights. The house gets down to seventy degrees long before dawn. It's starting to feel less like Iowa and more like California again. However, one thing is making it not feel like California. There is a peculiar absence of valencia oranges from the markets. Instead, there are navel oranges imported from Australia.

This should be the peak of the season for valencias, but so far I've had none. It makes me think something has gone terribly wrong in California's orchards. Sure I have plenty of Florida orange juice, but unless you're a really sloppy drinker that's nowhere near as delightfully messy as biting into a fresh, juicy valencia.

The other thing bothering me is that it's already August and I still haven't found a casaba for less than 89 cents a pound. Where are the cheap casabas? They used to be the cheapest non-watermelon, non-cantaloupe melon you could buy, and now they're priced like crenshaws. Shameful!

In other news: I found that YouTube is loaded with videos about Edward Hopper, so I tried searching it for other artists. Turns out the place is loaded with stuff about almost any artist you can name. The Internet is voracious! Sooner or later it will devour everything, and of course it can spit the chewed pulp out on command. We and all that exists are to become ones and zeros, ones and zeros. What a fate!

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2010-08-03 04:32 pm (UTC)
no valencias? that's a shame. have you ever had a blood orange, btw? they're an experience.

must go look at the hopper vids...
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2010-08-03 09:47 pm (UTC)
I've never had a proper blood orange, but there's a variety of navel orange called the cara cara which shows up in local markets during the winter. It has a reddish pulp, but doesn't taste much different than an ordinary navel orange even though it usually costs about twice as much. I've never seen a real blood orange in the stores up here. They might be available in Chico.
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[User Picture]From: scottobear
2010-08-07 05:58 pm (UTC)
the cara cara is a lovely fruit, but the blood orange is pretty dang amazing in comparison.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2010-08-07 10:45 pm (UTC)
I don't know why our local markets don't stock blood oranges. California grows a lot of them, though mostly in the south. Their season starts in November, and if none turn up here again I think I'll try to get down to Chico, which is considerably more metropolitan than this backwater. You can even get sushi in Chico, while up here in the mountains you can't even find a decent burrito.
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[User Picture]From: scottobear
2010-08-08 10:26 pm (UTC)
bizarre... may your future be full of delicious burritos, blood oranges, and anything else you might be missing!
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