Citrus Season at Grove House + Giveaway

Heather Bullard | Citrus
Generally speaking, January is bleak. Much of our nation is covered in a thick blanket of snow and ice while others (like those of us in California) have been experiencing catastrophic mudslides as a result of massive fires and torrential rainstorms. Winter has been a doozy. But in the midst of dreary weather and gloomy days we’re given a welcome relief in the form of our sunniest fruit; citrus!

Last week we began harvesting our front section of trees at Grove House. They were so overloaded many limbs were brushing the ground and branches were splitting right off unable to bear the weight. The record setting orange tipped the scale at 1.9lbs! A portion of this harvest, about 8,000 pounds, was sold to a farmstand just down the road. It makes me supremely happy when I drive by and see them all piled up like jewels.

Heather Bullard | Citrus

We grow seedless Washington or Bahia navels grafted from the original parent tree imported from Brazil in 1870. Recently we’ve planted additional citrus varieties; Meyer Lemon, Persian Lime, and Satsuma Mandarins which seem to be establishing hearty roots and have produced a small amount of fruit this season.

Heather Bullard | Citrus

Our favorite way to preserve a portion of the harvest (eating aside) is by juicing. My husband takes charge creating an assembly line and we wash, cut, juice, and bag gallons upon gallons. It freezes quite well and always feels a little luxurious to have homegrown fresh squeezed juice throughout the year. Based on our years of experience this juice press works the absolute best! Perhaps one day we’ll splurge on a fancy automatic machine.

Heather Bullard | Citrus

Heather Bullard | Citrus

I know many of you are experiencing sub zero temps and endless gray skies. To cheer you up I’d like to send you a dose of California sunshine! I’m giving away a box of hand picked oranges from Grove House to 5 readers!

To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment sharing your favorite citrus. It can be the actual fruit, a recipe, a candle or fragrance, or childhood memory. Anything, as long as it’s about citrus! Due to the nature of fresh produce I can only ship within the USA. Winners will be randomly drawn and anounced Friday – January 26th here and on my IG Stories. Can’t wait to hear your favorites and ship out a fresh batch of Vitamin C to the winners!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS! PS. I loved reading everyones comments! xo, H
Please email your address to: hello (@) heatherbullard.com so we can get send your box of Grove House oranges!
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196 Comments

  • Susan Brooker

    Love your posts, thanks for sharing. I would enjoy seeing more of your grove, house and chickens! My favorite citrus is the satsuma mandarin – easy to peel, delicious to eat. I can consume it like candy.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Linda Rubin

    Your grove looks so “Italy.” I love oranges and I’m like you, nothing better than fresh squeezed orange juice. I drink a glass every single morning.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Joi Ohara

    Love the pictures especially since we have so much snow on the ground right now! I love oranges and there is nothing like fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning!

    January 22, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply
  • sydney85

    I so enjoy clementines. Easy to peel and great for a quick healthy snack or add to the end of a meal in place of a dessert.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Susan

    I love honeybells (tangelos). When I lived in Florida, we would take the kids to the groves in January and get these. So good!

    January 22, 2018 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Lissa

    This is an amazing idea! I can’t begin to imagine the joy it must bring to walk around the orchard when the blooms are releasing their intoxicating scent! It’s silly but I LOVE it when the fruit is cut directly from the tree and still has branches and leaves attached to it! That’s as good as any floral bouquet to me! Enjoy! And believe me I need winter to end! I’m barely going to make it to spring. 😉 And we probably won’t get to escape to Cali this year because we’re getting ready to start a big remodel so spring please hurry!

    January 22, 2018 at 9:53 am Reply
  • Catherine G.

    Your fruit looks beautiful! My favorite is the simple orange. I buy freshly squeezed juice from my local grocer. Every evening I drink 1 part juice to 1 part sparkling water as an after dinner treat.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:53 am Reply
  • NancyC

    What a nice grove! I love both oranges and lemons–fresh-squeezed orange juice and slices of lemon in my water!

    January 22, 2018 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Jamie Harris

    Your photos are so gorgeous! We devour clementines all winter. The kids cannot get enough! I keep a slice of lemon with hot water all day during the cold months. Thanks for the opportunity!

    January 22, 2018 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Cathy Tally

    Growing up when times were tough in the late 50’s, an Orange was a treat in our Christmas stocking! Love oranges????

    January 22, 2018 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Kristi

    I love all things citrus! Jo Malone features citrus scents in several products and those are the ones I reach for over and over. I adore navel oranges and tangerines all winter long and am so sad when the season wanes. I am also partial to a citrus themed cocktail and have perfected my recipe for ruby red grapefruit martinis!

    January 22, 2018 at 9:59 am Reply
  • V Laurinovics

    Love your photography and posts! My two favorite citrus are blood orange and satsuma mandarin.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:07 am Reply
  • Laura Nygaard

    Love clementines! So want to get a lemon tree but hubby says no the critters will like it!? I may get a dwarf and put it in a pot. Love cooking with fresh citrus!

    January 22, 2018 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Lori Rolison

    Fresh squeezed Orange Juice -liquid sunshine to make the winter blues fade away!
    Or, The Academy reunion at the Grove House…either one will work.
    Thank you Heather for sharing your beautiful work and your gorgeous home for all of us to enjoy, it is always a special treat.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Lisa C

    These are great pictures of your orange grove. Oranges always smell so good, though I just love the scent of fresh lemons, so bright and fresh.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Kelley Edwards

    My family loves mandarin oranges and eat them nearly every day. Thanks so much for sharing your home. Your kitchen was a great inspiration when we went through our remodel.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Rachel A

    I love grapefruits!

    January 22, 2018 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Jennifer F.

    What a lovely view to have every day! When I was pregnant with our first son, Noah, the nurse at the hospital turned us onto clementines. While we love all oranges these cuties remain our favorites! Noah is not much for eating fruit but will hoard the clementines like nobodies business!

    January 22, 2018 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Karen Beach

    I love to cook and make a really good shortcake. Have always used sugared fruit along with a healthy dollop of whipped cream. A while ago I decided to make what I called “lemon, lemon, lemon”. Made the shortcake and served with homemade lemon curd, then made a light lemon syrup with a few sprigs of fresh thyme added, then topped with whipped cream with lemon flavored liquor added. It is always a big hit. Sure it would be equally delicious with your beautiful oranges.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:21 am Reply
  • angela carrera

    I love this!!! thanks for this lovely giveaway. so when we were kids, and sick, my father (he was Italian and believed in home remedies!!) used to cut up a lemon, sprinkle salt on the lemon, and we used to eat it. I guess the salt would soothe our throats and to this day, we LOVE our lemons!!!! I myself would love (if I win) to have a mixed bag of your wonderful citrus. how exciting!!! thank you for all that you do, I love reading your posts and hearing about your adventures!!!

    Sincerely,

    Angela from (brrrr) NJ

    January 22, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Kristin Ford

    I have found that once the oranges are juices, they freeze perfectly into ice trays. Then you can pull out a few all year, put it in a smoothie, drink with other juices, the world is your oyster! Thank you for sharing such beauty in your blog.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:30 am Reply
  • Barb DeVries

    Love anything Citrus ????!!

    January 22, 2018 at 10:37 am Reply
  • Amanda Marshall

    Yay! Your heavenly citrus in a giveaway?! Almost too good to be true! This is still my favorite recipe with citrus (other than fresh squeezed juice!) that I make whenever I have oranges in our kitchen 🙂 http://www.marshallsabroad.com/baked-orange-chicken/

    January 22, 2018 at 10:42 am Reply
  • anne zeikel

    My favorite citrus is the lemon. I’ll cook with it, I put it in my drinking water, I put it in my face with honey….I just love it! 🙂

    January 22, 2018 at 10:43 am Reply
  • Noelle

    I grew up with a mother who loves citrus — to this day, even her passwords or usernames always contain the word “lemon!” On Mother’s day, it’s a tradition to make crepes with lemon butter – or lemon bars with lavender. 🙂

    January 22, 2018 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Piper Green

    I love meyer lemons!!! I start my day with lemon water 🙂

    January 22, 2018 at 10:46 am Reply
  • Deb

    My favorite thing in the whole world to eat are homemade candied orange peels dipped in dark chocolate. It’s a multi-day, laborious process but so worth it! BTW, I love your design aesthetic and look forward to more design posts. ????

    January 22, 2018 at 10:57 am Reply
  • Kerri

    There nothing like peeling back a perfectly ripe orange and the aroma that fills the kitchen – that fresh clean citrus smell! Amazing !! Don’t waste the peeling, great in old fashions!

    January 22, 2018 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Sue W.

    I miss Satsuma’s! My beloved citrus farmer grandfather had ONE Satsuma tree in his grove and us grandkids would fight over them! I will occasionally find them at Sprouts, but they are not juicy like I remember. I generally end up throwing over half of each away because they are all dried out. Thank you for the opportunity to have some once again that are truly fresh from the tree.

    January 22, 2018 at 11:00 am Reply
  • sally

    gorgeous!

    My favorite citrus memory is when my sister and I were little girls, and we would “make” each other clementines – this consisted of peeling them and removing the white pith. Thanks!

    January 22, 2018 at 11:08 am Reply
  • Terry Clocker

    I find the photos of your orange grove so appealing. The oranges look amazingly tasty!

    January 22, 2018 at 11:09 am Reply
  • Lisa Showalter

    What a beautiful post to see on a cold snowy Kansas morning! I have so enjoyed your posts and photos through the years. Your gorgeous marble and vintage filled kitchen is always my favorite….the place in my home I spend the most time and where I feel I’m in my element. My favorite citrus…ironic enough it would be oranges. Mostly because of my fond memories with my grandma. I’d stay all night often, wake to the aroma of pancakes, bacon and fresh orange juice. In fact, I have and still use the little glass juicer she had all those years. She’s been gone for 17 years now and I miss her daily…but we kept her little brick house and when I stand in there the cherished memories flood back. Thanks for the thoughtful giveaway opportunity and sharing your lovely home and venture with all of us. ❤️

    January 22, 2018 at 11:11 am Reply
  • Shannon

    Growing up we were stationed in Hawai’i for a couple of years. My parents bought a small home and I remember the lime trees in the backyard. We had fresh limes year round. Now, whenever I buy some while living in the suburbs of Chicago, it always brings me back to the warmth and sun of those years!

    January 22, 2018 at 11:14 am Reply
  • Laurie

    My mother used to cut our oranges in quarters or triangles instead of peeling and separating into sections. They are extra juicy that way, even though the juices spills down your chin. I still enjoy my oranges like this (just not in public :).

    January 22, 2018 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Sherri Mitchell

    Lovely photos! Meyer Lemon and Persian Limes sound delicious too. My favorite memory about Citrus is my mother telling me about the day she gave birth to me on a sunny day in May, 1974. She went outside in my great-grandma’s citrus orchard, climbed the ladder to reach an Orange she was craving from one of three orange trees, and her water broke. This was in Vallejo, California – and yes, she still ate that orange! – I will always love that memory. I love oranges, nothing quite like fresh-squeezed in the morning with a bit of toast and fluffy eggs ♥

    January 22, 2018 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Shelly Watson

    Good memories of my dad picking oranges in the backyard to juice for breakfast…….you could smell them in the house. I always said to my children,”it’s like drinking the sun in a glass”. Just seeing your beautiful oranges is such a treat. I am up in Idaho snow. This San Diego born girl misses them.

    January 22, 2018 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Olivia Juenke

    Meyer lemons in a vodka soda is my favorite way to get my citrus… but I always have a bowl of little cuties for a quick sweet treat!

    Thanks for the chance, they are beautiful!

    January 22, 2018 at 11:42 am Reply
  • Dawn

    How generous of you! I’m a new Californian and was thrilled when our temporary corporate housing had citrus trees ( and olives and pomagranate!). Our new home has no citrus trees yet but are planning to remedy that soon! My favorite citrus are Meyer Lemons – they make divine whiskey sours ????

    January 22, 2018 at 11:45 am Reply
  • Monica

    How Wonderful of you to do this. My favorite citrus is sweet blood oranges.

    January 22, 2018 at 11:52 am Reply
  • margaret

    What lovely pictures of the orange trees. I love the smell of fresh oranges but have never had the pleasure of smelling an orange grove. I’m not familiar with all the different varies but my favorite orange is the cara cara and wished the season was longer.

    My favorite story is about the time my great-aunt left all her clothing at her brothers house in order to fill her suitcase with oranges. It was the early 1950’s and she was visiting California from South Dakota. Said it was the best decision she ever made as she savored her stash during the snowstorms.

    January 22, 2018 at 11:54 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Thank you for the generous give away. The oranges look yummy. I love blood oranges. They are so sweet. My friend had to coax me into trying one. Who knew they would be so yummy!

    January 22, 2018 at 11:56 am Reply
  • Raya

    Always a pleasure reading your posts and devouring the beautiful pictures that you put out on your Instagram feed. I grew up in Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea, and always had the best childhood memories of picking fresh fruit from
    My grandmother’s garden. Citrus included. I guess we took that experience for granted back then. Now we take out girls to the apple orchard every fall to try and mimic what was a truly “organic” part of growing up back home.. thanks for always sharing the beauty!

    January 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Joan Kubes

    I love red grapefruit juice for breakfast!

    January 22, 2018 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • Barb

    I love the scent of citrus blossoms! Possibly the best scent on the planet!
    I love oranges…. navels and clementines. Fresh squeezed orange juice does sound like a luxury… I need to plant a tree! Which variety makes the best juice?

    January 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • Christiana Roussel

    I am giddy about the prospect of receiving fresh citrus from Grove House! Actually, if I win, I will ask that my box go to my daughter who is a freshman at college in Boston. Growing up in Alabama, she always had a plethora of fresh citrus any time she wanted. Now she finds herself desperate for a little tlC, as in Vitamin C, get it?! Just before Christmas I was on the phone with her as she walked back to the T-station from studying for exams at the Boston Public Library. She popped into an Italian grocery and politely asked if they had any satsumas in. She does not have a thick Southern accent by any stretch but I could only imagine the looks on the grocers’ faces when they heard her ask, “Do y’all have any satsumas?” They were a little dumbstruck and she had to repeat the question because they did not understand her. It was pretty adorable to overhear. She did find her way to a regular grocery store and hefted a box of clementines back to her dorm room. They were all gone in less than 24 hours. And she crushed her exams. 🙂

    January 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm Reply
  • Brenda Kincade

    My favorite type of citrus fruits are naval oranges and mandarin oranges. YUM!

    January 22, 2018 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • drue hartwell

    People who do not live in Florida always say there are no seasons. But I knew the seasons from the smell of the orange blossoms which would catch in the wind and saturate the air everywhere. One of the most lovely scents ever!

    January 22, 2018 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Niki

    I’d have to say Clementines. When I get a good batch, they are like candy to me and I can eat three a day. Unfortunately, I never know how to pick them right so I don’t always get a sweet and juicy batch.

    January 22, 2018 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Gail

    I would so LOVE a fresh orange on this blustery winter day in Minnesota..

    January 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm Reply
  • amy of studio four corners

    your photos are mouth-watering – lucky you!
    and I can’t imagine anything better than starting each day with fresh orange juice – count me in on your giveaway!

    January 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Samantha

    Lemons. Lemons in my water every day. Homemade lemonade. Lemon chicken. Lemons and honey. Lemons dipped in sugar then used as the most delicious exfoliator….

    January 22, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • cheri duzanica

    I love most citrus and am now eating a Cara Cara orange. I love to use zest in baking, rubbing it into the sugar, ah, the aroma is heavenly, but the blossoms win every time.

    January 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Amanda Whitley

    my favorite citrus is clementines. i buy them one day and they are gone the next, the whole house loves them

    January 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm Reply
  • Jody

    I live in Illinois, but every December, I treat myself to a box of oranges from “The Sunshine State” – an early Christmas gift to myself. I share some with family and friends, and for myself — a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice each morning until they’re all gone.

    January 22, 2018 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    I love cuties. Easy to peel and tart. Or limes, squeezed over my salad everyday. 🙂

    January 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • Laura French

    Pink Lemonade lemons are my favorite because the trees are beautifully variegated and I am always reminded of the sweet little girls in my neighborhood who have sold lemonade on the corner with a darling sign that offered “pink lemonade or a sweet song for $1”. Of course I always give them a dollar to hear their sweet song!

    January 22, 2018 at 1:31 pm Reply
  • Nichole Gjesdal

    I love grapefruit, blood oranges, lemons and limes!

    January 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    Love all things citrus ❤️ We probably eat clementines most often, as they are a great quick snack and delicious! Jo Malone fragrances are my favorite and she has an orange blossom scent that is beautiful. Lemon bars are a favorite at my house. What a joy it would be win a box of your oranges! ????

    January 22, 2018 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Meg S

    I have a Meyer Lemon tree that I got when I first moved in with my now-husband. It’s still going strong – can’t wait until we have a yard to plant it in!

    January 22, 2018 at 1:46 pm Reply
  • Sue D

    Orange drop cookies are a favorite from childhood. They would be even better made with Grove House oranges.

    January 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm Reply
  • lyn moon

    My sweet memory of citrus and my childhood was I would give my dad an orange and he would squeeze it with his big hands until it was soft and then cut a small hole in the top. He would hand it back to me and I would squeeze and suck away until all the juice was gone. Then I’d open it and eat the flesh from the inside. We didn’t have oranges a lot so nothing was wasted. Your pictures of the groves are absolutely beautiful. I bet it smells wonderful when they are in bloom. Thanks for the giveaway.

    January 22, 2018 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Beth Rawling

    I love this idea and am grateful to have an opportunity to be entered in your generous giveaway. We also enjoy citrus flavors and like to incorporate them throughout the holidays and wintertime! Fresh orange slices, cloves and cinnamon sticks add a lovely touch when we simmer apple cider on the stove. Dried orange slices and clove stuffed pomanders also add fragrance and beauty to our home. Our absolute favorite citrus this season has been clementines. They have been so delicious and easy to pack for snacks, etc. Thanks for all of your beautiful inspiration!

    January 22, 2018 at 2:08 pm Reply
  • darci

    Oh your pictures are always so inspiring!!! Born and raised an Oregonian, fresh citrus was never something we had from our own garden. The first year hubby and I were married, we moved to So. CA. We pent our first Christmas with our best friends who lived in San Bernadino and she picked fresh citrus from her back yard and we enjoyed it with our Christmas dinner! It was amazing!!

    January 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm Reply
  • Annette

    A British friend gave me her family’s recipe for lemon curd — I make it with Meyer lemons when I can find them, but regular lemons are what the original recipe calls for. If I think about each type of citrus, I’m suddenly indecisive as I love them all!

    January 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm Reply
  • Stefanie Hartman

    .. lemons ????

    January 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm Reply
  • Cyndy

    There is absolutely nothing like fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning! We can’t grow oranges here in New England so we have to rely on grocery store/ordering by mail. But oranges are the best!

    January 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Dorothea

    Oh my goodness, your citrus grove is gorgeous! I love all citrus, in all forms! It would be hard to choose just one, but ruby red grapefruit is probably my favorite at the moment.

    January 22, 2018 at 3:35 pm Reply
  • Chris Steller

    Your citrus grove looks so lovely! It would be awesome to have one nearby to be able to purchase fresh citrus from! My favorite is Meyer Lemons and any type of orange! Citrus not only tastes so fresh, the smell is as well!

    January 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm Reply
  • Pam

    Pick Me! Pick Me!
    Can you see my hand waving in the air? Oranges are my favorite. And receiving some that I know don’t have sprays or pesticides in their history…sublime. And here is why…

    When I was a child, my grandparents had a citrus farm in the Rio Grande area of Texas. Once a year, in the deep freeze that winter is in Missouri (where I lived), they would send three glorious, long awaited boxes of orange sunshine. After eating our fill of those glorious oranges for days, my mother always made the following cake, which was my Grandmother’s recipe, as our crown jewel. It is a bit unusual, so hope you all enjoy it.
    And if I am lucky enough to receive the citrus gift…this is one way my family will enjoy them! Thank You!

    Esther’s Orange Jewel Bundt

    1 Cup Butter, softened
    1 1/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
    3 Large Eggs
    2 whole oranges, (about 1/2 pound each) trim the ends and then cut them in chunks removing any seeds
    2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
    1/4 Teaspoon Salt
    1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 Teaspoon baking powder

    1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
    7 Teaspoons orange juice

    Preheat oven to 325 Degrees.

    Coat a 10 Cup Bundt Pan with butter and then dust with flour. (I use PAM)

    Use Mixer large bowl to beat butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time.
    Use a food mill to grind orange chunks until mostly smooth,(I use a food processor, but do not purée, you want some small chunks). Add 1 1/2 Cups of the Orange mix to batter and beat until blended.
    Add flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder to bowl and beat until smooth.
    Pour batter in prepared pan and smooth the surface with a spatula.

    Bake about 55 Minutes. Test with a toothpick inserted in the center until it comes out with a few crumbs. Cool on a rack for 10 Minutes. Loosen the edges with a soft spatula and invert on serving plate.

    Whisk together powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over cool cake to glaze. Makes 12 servings.

    January 22, 2018 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Savage

    Oh my GOODNESS! This is the best giveaway I’ve ever heard of—I usually never enter giveaways! My favorite citrus hands down is Orange. I especially love Cara Cara oranges! Fingers crossed, and crossed again! (Well unless that cancels them out, then I just mean once) ????

    January 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Karen Knight

    Thanks Heather! How lucky are you to have an orange grove outside your door! I was born in Florida so I don’t believe there is a citrus fruit I DON”T LOVE!! I actually really love grapefruits – I guess because they always remind me of sunny mornings with my parents during the cold winter months. Take care!

    January 22, 2018 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • Jenni Farnes

    I always love reading your posts here and on Instagram when you citrus harvest reaches its peak. Your home is bedecked with bowls and baskets of sunshine placed in your beautiful home. I can’t even imagine the luxury of going to a freezer and bringing in a gallon of freshly squeezed orange juice. I think it is the most wonderful thing that you actually have a tree that is a start from a parent tree in Brazil. That has to be one of your most treasured possessions. I love anything citrus. One of my favorite memories is when our family moved from snowy Idaho to sunny Arizona when I was nine years old. We arrived in Phoenix in the wee early morning hours. My dad stopped the car, which woke me up, and I got out to stand with him and my mom in the warmth. A warmth saturated with the sweetly beautiful scent of orange blossoms. We couldn’t sniff deeply enough. To this day orange blossom is one of my favorite fragrances. I will never forget that. I can only imagine what your orange groves smell like. I think I would sleep outside every night just to be seduced by the sublime scent of orange blossoms.

    January 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Rachel Pastick

    My favorite citrus fruits include lemon and lime! Can’t beat a lemon and lime shortbread cookie!! But tangerines are pretty and tasty!! <3

    January 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm Reply
  • Jan

    My in-laws used to live in Florida and had an amazing orange tree in their yard- the first time I went to their house my husband was soooo excited that the tree was loaded with ripe oranges- within 3 days he had picked and juiced every orange on the tree! So yummy!!

    January 22, 2018 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Michelle Wooderson

    Oh wow what a thoughtful gift. I love oranges. One particular reason is my grandmothers carrot orange cookies with creamy orange frosting. I buy vanilla orange candles and it takes me right back to her cookies. I also love limes for fresh margaritas.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Favorite citrus is Cara Cara navels. Delicious!!

    January 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm Reply
  • Karen B.

    Congratulations on your successful crop of citrus. I love citrus fruit but I believe grapefruit might be a favorite. I love using Myers lemons to cook with and lime is wonderful in or on Mexican food.
    xo,
    Karen

    January 22, 2018 at 8:04 pm Reply
  • Shelly

    I have never met a citrus fruit I do not love! I love Mandarin the most, but I love lemons. I can eat those right from the rind! What a blessing to be able to have a chance to win. We are so gloomy here in Indiana!
    Blessings

    January 22, 2018 at 8:26 pm Reply
  • Janae

    Oh, there is nothing like some good citrus for lunch on a bleak winters day- almost like having fresh flowers! Love reading your blog posts- design tips, European and French countrysides and markets, and of course Grove house, and all things beautiful. Fun to read/learn while I’m at this stage of life of being at home with all my littles, and unable to get out much myself! Lucky winner to receive some delicious oranges!

    January 22, 2018 at 8:57 pm Reply
    • Janae

      Forgot to say my favorite;) probably Grapefruit and oranges, although I love lemon chiffon cake, lemon curd, lemon brownies…..!!!

      January 22, 2018 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Paige Thornton

    Heather, You are amazing…What a treat! Oranges and childhood memories. My cousins lived in Orlando, Florida. We would visit them in the summers. They had lemon and orange trees in their backyard. I have found memories of playing for hours under these trees, scents of citrus, sun-kissed shoulders and gathering more oranges than we could carry. My sister and I would use the bottom of tops to cradle the oranges until we made it back into the house. Thank you for this past- glimpse of my childhood. 🙂 Loved reading all the heartfelt stories. xo Paige

    January 22, 2018 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Sara McCutchen

    I love all citrus fruits, but my favorites are limes & ????

    January 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm Reply
  • Jane

    You have an abundance of fruits, heavenly! I can bet it’s a lot of work as well. So glad you can contribute to the farmer’s markets.

    I absolutely love Meyer lemons. We get them here in Chicago for about 3 weeks in August. They aren’t very fresh looking, and who knows how long ago they were picked. I’ve always wanted to make preserved Meyer lemons. I’ve read up on it a lot, but our supply is scant, as I’ve said. I hope you have a recipe, and can make them yourself–they are wonderful in so many dishes. Its also cool that you can eat the peel!!

    Thanks for a great giveaway. We love oranges and I can bet we’ve never had a really fresh one ever!!

    January 22, 2018 at 10:33 pm Reply
  • Cheryl S.

    Meyer lemons are my fav…in iced tea, lemon cake, lemon chicken and even water! ????????????

    January 22, 2018 at 11:08 pm Reply
  • Lynn @ Happier Than A Pig In Mud

    Homemade orange marmalade is my favorite type of jam! Thanks for the fun give-away:@)

    January 23, 2018 at 2:42 am Reply
  • jules

    Heather, this post makes my heart sing! We are currently looking to relocate back to CA. On the top of my list for reasons why to move are to have a lemon and orange tree in our garden. Just the smell of a freshly zested lemon brings me back to my childhood. I’ve loved them ever since. How fortunate you are to live amongst a thriving grove.

    January 23, 2018 at 4:33 am Reply
  • Andi

    Oranges and orange juice! Love the vitamin c boost!!!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Carla C

    My favorite is blood oranges. Limes are my second. I wish I could grow citrus where I live.

    January 23, 2018 at 6:05 am Reply
  • Carrie Spritzer

    How fun! (Thank you!) My kids adore satsumas, but my favorite citrus is ruby red grapefruit. Every year growing up we’d get a case from my grandparents in December. We looked forward to it every year. Now my dad carries on the tradition and sends us one. They go fast. 🙂

    January 23, 2018 at 7:22 am Reply
  • Dorothy

    Meyer Lemons are one of my favorite citrus fruits!!!!! Love a drop or two in water (or adult beverages)!!! ☺️ It really is an amazing, tasty and versatile fruit!!!

    January 23, 2018 at 7:38 am Reply
  • Terry littman

    Whomever wins this will enjoy the tastiest oranges I’ve ever eaten! Love the Cara caras!

    January 23, 2018 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Liz V

    I seriously love all citrus. Lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines. Meyer lemon in my beverages. Limes for chimichurri. Oranges for Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken. Tangerines for a snack. I live near Fallbrook CA and we have access to lots of roadside citrus. I would love to win some Grove House citrus!

    January 23, 2018 at 8:08 am Reply
  • jeannine

    such a beautiful post! I am in love with cara cara oranges…I could sit down and go totally piggie and eat 2 or 3 at a time! I also appreciate Meyer lemons and the terrific pies I can create with their juices…

    January 23, 2018 at 8:20 am Reply
  • Shauna

    My all time favorite smell is oranges. For some reason, when I smell that scent, it completely relaxes me. I’ve started using orange essential oil on my wool dryer balls and it’s just not the same as the fresh orange smell.

    January 23, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Ashley Johnson

    You are so generous, Heather! I lov that citrus comes (like you said) when most of the states are blanketed in snow! I love to use Meyer lemons for desserts (especially lemon cake) and limes (for gin and tonics, of course). And my four kids and I enjoy eating any oranges fresh and juicing them for breakfast!

    January 23, 2018 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Meg

    I discovered Orange Flower water through Mimi Thorisson’s book last year… it is possibly my favorite fragrance on earth. I wish we could grow trees here in Oregon but it is too cold! Would love 5 boxes of sunshine! xoxo

    January 23, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Laura T

    My grandmother lived in California and I remember going into the backyard and picking oranges in the morning for juice with breakfast. So delicious!

    January 23, 2018 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Kathy V

    The oranges are lovely–I can\’t imagine living in an Orange Grove. Can\’t wait to hear how the lemon and lime trees grow!

    January 23, 2018 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • carmen

    Lemons tops the list, i squeeze in water, make lemon curd, and will purchase lemon scent eau de toilette and have also purchased hand cream with lemon scent. My second citrus is oranges. I love eating them.

    January 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • Tiffany Krampe

    I lived in South Texas for a time years ago, and one of my favorite little tea rooms would make orange muffins. SO delicious. I would love the opportunity to make them again with your lovely fresh fruit! Thank you so much!

    January 23, 2018 at 12:47 pm Reply
  • narae

    Grapefruit will always be my favorite citrus – love the tangy flavor that goes well with sweet and savory dishes.

    January 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Shannon Carbajal

    First off I love having oranges in a bowl in my kitchen all the time they add the perfect pop of color. One of my favorite recipes to make with oranges is orange glazed brownies. It’s almost a tradition for me to make them as soon as Spring comes around. They taste delicious and are hard to keep around because we all love them here!

    January 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Linda J

    I love all citrus but would have to say Meyer Lemons are my favorite!

    January 23, 2018 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Lexi

    Oh my goodness! I can’t imagine being able to walk outside and pick my own oranges! A citrus memory: my mother-in-law used to make an amazing orange cake. It only appeared a few times in the year, usually in the spring, but it was so good! She’s been gone almost exactly four years and we haven’t had it since. I think I need to remedy that 🙂

    January 23, 2018 at 3:56 pm Reply
  • Gloribell

    Oh my, my favorite would be to make key lime pie from scratch! Tangy and sweet!

    January 23, 2018 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Helga Coleman

    Love cara cara ????!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Anne Poe

    I grew up in the Midwest and moved to AZ last year. Last spring I was taking my dog for a walk and we both had our first encounter with the glorious smell of orange blossoms. The scent was the most wonderful fragrant smell I have ever smelt. I looked down at my little pooch and he had his nose up in the air, just sniffing away! I was trying to explain the scent to a friend and she told me it was orange blossom!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Isabella Valdez

    I love lemons probably more than oranges, but oranges are second on my list! I remember visiting my cousins on Ricon Reservation in San Diego County and playing hide and seek with them in the orange groves and being chased out by the farmers with air shots fired out of their rifles! Lol???? It definitely got us out and stopped us from picking the fruit! I would love to taste your oranges!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:13 pm Reply
  • Kim Dover

    Such a beautiful post and some great products listed too! My favorite use for citrus lately is in coldpressed juices. Lemon or lime go in nearly all my juices… but my favorite recipe with oranges is carrot, orange, beet, ginger, and turmeric if I have it on hand. So refreshing!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • Megan

    My 2 daughters and I could eat an entire crate of clementines in one sitting.

    January 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Andrea C

    I make an orange cake with fresh squeezed juice and rind in the cake and icing for my dear father for his birthday. I just delivered it today! My Mom recently passed so this is his first birthday as a widower. Thanks for sharing your grove!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Lori Hoffman

    I don’t think I can pick just one! I LOVE all citrus the smell, the taste, and even how they look! It’s on my bucket list to walk through an orange grove! I would love to receive some fresh pretty oranges in this dreary winter weather!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Karan

    All citrus… are my favorite

    January 23, 2018 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • Christine chitnis

    Given our gray winter, I’d just die for a box of sunshine right now! My favorite citrus memory is th way our kitchen would smell after my mom peeled and squeezed oranges on sundays for fresh orange juice. It always smelled like sunshine and warmth during cold Michigan winters.

    January 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Amy Buchanan

    I just love lemons. Not to eat — pucker — but for cooking, cocktails and cleaning. Also love using citrus in homemade beauty products.

    January 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Jenifer Thomas

    I love that you are spreading your sunshine and bounty! Living in Carlsbad, Ca, I feel a bit guilty entering, as I am sure those freezing in the Midwest or East Coast could use your “sunshine” more…
    A favorite sense memory from my childhood was driving from our home in Corona Del Mar to the country (undeveloped Irvine) to buy produce from the stands and enjoy a family picnic. We would drive past the citrus groves and the smell of the orange blossoms was heavenly… a favorite still ????. Our family enjoys eating Clementines while Blood Red oranges are our favorite to juice. xxx ooo

    January 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm Reply
  • Erin @silveroaksfarm

    How kind of you!
    My favorite childhood memory…I grew up in Ramona, California on ten acres where my parents grew avocados. We had a variety of other fruit trees but my treasured tree was a satsuma that every winter had branches heavy with the tangy, juicy fruit. I was a lucky kid that wanted to be outside. I would visit that tree multiple times a day and eat a dozen of those sweet oranges throwing the peels right on the ground. I now live in snowy Park City, UT and always miss my Cali citrus every season.

    January 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Ashlee Henderson

    Anything and everything apricot!
    But as far as oranges go, one of my favorite Christmas traditions as a child was making orange pomanders with my Mom. I can’t wait to continue the tradition with my baby boy someday! 🙂

    January 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Kathleen Gerace

    I love oranges and the smell of oranges blossoms. It reminds me growing up and vacationing in Florida in the early spring.

    January 23, 2018 at 4:46 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    We love oranges! The smell. The taste. They’re just sooo good. The fact that you can use them in so many things. Dried orange slices on a string at Christmas time….beautiful!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm Reply
  • Amber Esplin

    This is so sweet of you Heather!! I think I would cry if I won and could eat a fresh orange here in cold snowy Wyoming. I’ve never had one fresh from Cali, just store bought, but my husband has had one right off a tree and he said it was the best thing he has ever eaten. Thank you!!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Chelsi Layne

    Stop, this is awesome! Would have to say Satsumas and Meyer Lemons are a favorite!

    January 23, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Danielle

    I grew up in Florida so we have citrus everywhere. One of my earliest memories is picking lemons and oranges off the trees and eating them for breakfast and snacks!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    One of our favorite family desserts is called Lemon Lush…it’s like Summer in a bite. Oh…and let’s not forget the sweetness of a Halo. Thanks so much for the chance!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Danielle Kartes

    Citrus has always represented new beginnings to me. I even have citrus water colored into my logo at Rustic Joyful Food. I’d absolutely love to get a box from you!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Emily

    I’m not sure I can choose a favorite — but I am partial to clementines & mandarins — oh, and grapefruit! Yum. Your grove is amazing!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Holly B

    Thank you for sharing a not of sunshine with the rest of us!
    The best oj I ever had was fresh squeezed from the orange tree in my great aunt’s yard in Southern California. It made quite the impression and is one of my earliest memories!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:27 pm Reply
  • Pamela

    As a small child my family briefly lived in California. Mother said I was obsessed with lemons and oranges. We moved back to Oklahoma and our relatives would always gift us a crate of citrus and several gallon bags of shelled walnuts at Christmas. All my California family have passed now but still have those wonderful memories of oranges and walnuts for Christmas.

    January 23, 2018 at 5:34 pm Reply
  • MarySue

    I have been given a recipe for fabulous Luscious Lemon Squares that I’ve made for years. I love all citrus ????

    January 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm Reply
  • Deb

    What a sweet giveaway! We are such a Saturday morning making breakfast and squeezing fresh OJ family!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm Reply
  • JenMc

    Absolutely beautiful oranges! I’m originally from Southern California, and now that I’m in Washington (and am blessed with amazing sweet cherry trees) I miss all the fresh citrus straight from the tree. I’d have to say my top favorites are lemons, kumquat and grapefruit.

    January 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm Reply
  • Emily Morris

    I love seeing all your beautiful posts and IG stories…but I’d love it even more to win a box of oranges from your grove.. I’d make an orange pound cake with citrus glaze.

    January 23, 2018 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • megan

    Oh my goodness, how wonderful
    it would be to open up a box of straight-up sunshine here in dreary Michigan. I seriously never throw my hat into giveaways but your orange posts are one of my very favorite things on Instagram so I popped over here immediately! I’m quite citrus-obsessed. Lemon-anything in particular; sweet, savory, I use lemons so often in my baking AND cooking. The smell of Meyer Lemon’s skin is glorious. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! ????????

    January 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm Reply
  • Kate

    Can’t believe I’m admitting this, growing up my sisters drive me crazy! To get away from them, I’d lock myself in the bathroom with my comforter, a book and a stash of oranges and would sit in the bathtub (no water in it, just my comforter to make it more comfy) and enjoy my oranges and my book. And so many good recipes but lemon curd from epicurious is to die for!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:45 pm Reply
  • with love, dani

    Tangerines are my favorite citrus (although is there such a thing as a bad citrus?). I used to get tangerines in my Christmas stocking. We’d peel them and put the rinds in the fireplace so the house would smell like oranges. I planted an orange, lime, lemon and grapefruit tree last year. It’s so rewarding to grow your own fruit and food. Thanks for the giveaway and for always inspiring, Heather!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:46 pm Reply
  • Janie Gattari

    Beautiful photos. Reminds me when I lived in southern CA. Loved finding random orange groves. I am currently obsessed with navel oranges ????. Have my orange in the day save the peal for an old fashion in the evening.????

    January 23, 2018 at 5:56 pm Reply
  • Tammy R

    Love satsumas and seedless mandarins!!

    January 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm Reply
  • Sheila J

    Wow! What a wonderful gift. I live outside of Chicago and everything is so gray here now. My mother use to make the most delicious lemon meringue pie. She’s been gone for 17 years but every time I make her pie, it feels like part of her is still with us.

    January 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm Reply
  • Jac Baxendale

    I love all citrus, but have a special fondness for Meyer Lemons. I love cooking and baking now with them – homemade lemon bars are my favorite. I started growing two Meyer Lemon trees about a year ago and so far have enjoyed two lovely lemons. I dream of living somewhere warm enough where I could have a citrus grove like yours!

    January 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm Reply
  • Molly

    Lemons in hot water is my fave detox but I there’s nothing better than a perfect orange for a snack ????????

    January 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm Reply
  • Alana Stipech

    This post had me in tears! I’m a California gal who has been living in New York City for several years. My mom grew up in Fresno, California where her family owned a small farm. When she and my dad married, they moved to the central coast and I was raised in San Luis Obispo. Whenever we would drive to the valley to see our family in Fresno, Modesto and Sanger, I would admire the citrus groves on the sides of the streets. My grandparents always had naval oranges, pomegranates, plums, and persimmons growing in their yard, and I loved grabbing them and eating them straight off the tree. Now that I live so far away from family, winter citrus (especially navel oranges) always reminds me of my California roots. I so wish I could go back in time and ask my grandparents about farming! It’s funny how much more you appreciate where you come from, as you grow and get older. Thank you for this beautiful post!

    January 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Cami

    Stunning images and such an exciting giveaway! I love oranges because it’s the one fruit all my kids will eat. They get packed in lunches frequently and they always satisfy my sweet tooth. These pictures made me drool!

    January 23, 2018 at 6:12 pm Reply
  • Bree McLaughlin

    Lemon Poppyseed muffins with a delicious sweet icing… my mouth is watering just typing this out!

    January 23, 2018 at 6:26 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline Meindersee

    Hi Heather! I love all citrus and tend to buy bags upon bags of clementines all winter. When we were kids our parents always put an orange and nuts in our stockings. I also look for any excuse to make lemon curd as it’s simply my favorite. Wonderful in a tartlet, spread on a biscuit, or simply by the spoonful! I live in the beautiful and moody Pacific Northwest and would be tickled to receive a gift of citrus from your beautiful Orange Grove. Thank you for such a thoughtful give away. Happy New Year and blessings to you.
    Warmly,
    Jacqueline

    January 23, 2018 at 6:27 pm Reply
  • Rachelle Macias

    I love Meyer lemons and would love to have my own tree one day! Thanks for the giveaway..

    January 23, 2018 at 6:32 pm Reply
  • Robin Faber

    I love the juice from honeybells, but to eat, I love grapefruit and satsumas. My father grew up in Thousand Oaks and Santa Barbara and he misses the fresh citrus so much. He spends hours scouring (Colorado) grocery stores for the most promising-looking navels. If I were drawn, the box would go straight to him! What a beautiful bounty this is, and I so loved your words about the harvest in the context of all the turmoil and harshness of January.

    January 23, 2018 at 6:40 pm Reply
  • Shara

    100% oranges. I could have orange juice with every meal and I normally hate drinks! I freaking love OJ!

    January 23, 2018 at 6:41 pm Reply
  • Tracy Walters

    Sweet Heather, How have you been? My hubby and I were just talking about orange blossom because I love my JoMalone everything orange blossom, and he just had to buy the whole lot again for my birthday Sunday when I just got it for Christmas, anyway it’s because I was raised in Riverside right next to miles of orange grove and the smell is my childhood, I love it!!

    January 23, 2018 at 6:47 pm Reply
  • Noni

    You are so nice! It’s freezing in Utah right now! I am not kidding when I say I LOVE all citrus. If I could only drink one thing for the rest of my life it would be lemonade, hands down. We had an orange, tangerine, and lime tree when I was a teenager and you know teenagers are always hungry? We would pick them when they were green, we couldn’t even wait for them to ripen. I love lemons, limes, oranges, and tangerines in that order. Lucky winners!

    January 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • Dee

    Beautiful post!! My favoriyte citrus is lemon! Passionate about the fragrance, the look and the taste of everything lemon! Also love oranges, particularly blood oranges that I enjoyed regularly years ago when I worked in Italy. Every night my husband brings orange juice during the night to quench my thirst! Oddly I don’t drink it during the day! Ciao, Dee

    January 23, 2018 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    As a little girl I always enjoyed eating naval oranges (belly button oranges as I used to call them). And now I get to share that with my sons when we enjoy extra helpings together in the winter.

    January 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • Trish P.

    Homemade lemonade!! I love making this for my family. It’s my memory as well as I hope a memory for my children one day ????

    January 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth B

    Beautiful photos! I love anything and everything citrus- candles, cakes, etc. I’m a bit partial to grapefruit but use lemons all the time!

    January 23, 2018 at 7:03 pm Reply
  • Marian

    Meyer lemons for the win!!

    January 23, 2018 at 7:03 pm Reply
  • Sarah Nolder

    Grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit! Most people don’t like them but I crave them! I prefer my fruits leaning towards the tarte side. Aww! Love this giveaway! How unique!

    January 23, 2018 at 7:28 pm Reply
  • Jen Wells

    Gorgeous grove! We just got out of sub zero temps in Connecticut & could use some vitamin c. I love all types of oranges!

    January 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • Peggy

    During the Christmas break of my 7th grade year we moved from Germany to Florida. It was truly a culture shock but the sight and smell of the citrus groves brightened my days. Grapefruit, oranges, and the occasional lemon tree could be seen
    gracing the landscape. The fragrance
    alone was magical, lifting my spirits and easing my troubled mind. To this day the scent of a grapefruit brings a smile.

    January 23, 2018 at 8:19 pm Reply
  • Erin Boyd

    Thank you for this opportunity. I think my favorite is navel oranges. I have memories of my Dad peeling them for us to eat together. I’m all the way in Michigan but I’ve wanted a lemon tree of my own for quite awhile. Sounds like you have a little slice of heaven down there ????

    January 23, 2018 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • Peg Schrader

    Meyer lemons ???? are just so wonderful! But truly, I have never met a citrus I didn’t love! ????????

    January 23, 2018 at 8:56 pm Reply
  • Judy Rogers

    I have a Meyer Lemon Tree and I love it! I freeze the juice in ice cube trays and then keep bags full in the freezer all year. Citrus is so delicious and I love watching it grow.

    January 23, 2018 at 9:19 pm Reply
  • Julie R

    I love oranges!

    January 23, 2018 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Sheila

    Wow a lot of comments about oranges. Nothing like the smell of a fresh orange. Would love to share the fruit with my granddaughters. Good luck to the winner of the citrus.

    January 23, 2018 at 10:49 pm Reply
  • Antoinette A.

    The smell of my citrus cake always lifts my mood…and it’s pretty too!

    January 23, 2018 at 10:51 pm Reply
  • Reagan

    What a fabulous gift! I’ve been trying to grow an indoor lemon tree, to give me a sense of a warmer climate. Ha!

    January 23, 2018 at 11:10 pm Reply
  • Becca

    First of all, thank you for sharing your amazing world with all of us!
    I love citrus. I grew up in Kentucky, part of a large, loving family. We had plenty of
    bottled juice but fresh citrus was for Christmas. That’s when we would receive boxes of citrus from friends and family. So to me, every time I peel an orange or a clementine, the zest filling the air with that amazing citrus smell, I taste Christmas, and all its’ magic and wonder.
    Thank you for a fabulous giveaway!
    Florida hugs,
    Becca

    January 24, 2018 at 1:07 am Reply
  • Jessica Kassebaum

    I adore bergamot. I start my morning with earl grey and I diffuse bergamot essential oil at home. Citrus, as a group in general, contains my favorite tastes and scents. Nothing beats the pick-me-up of a fresh orange or grapefruit.

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your harvest! I am looking forward to hearing how your new varieties progress over the seasons.

    January 24, 2018 at 1:37 am Reply
  • Jennifer Erickson

    I like red grapefruit and I peel love ke an orange, then remove the membranes and eat each section. Yum! My husband is a big fan of naval oranges, so we eat those, too. Thank you so much for sharing boxes of California sunshine, we’re in North Dakota, and this would be an awesome prize!

    January 24, 2018 at 5:20 am Reply
  • Emma Bradford

    My favorite citrus is a cara cara orange. I have fond memories of visiting my grandparents in California and going out back to their grove to pick fresh fruit. My grandpa would always help me pack sacks of oranges and lemons to have a juice stand back home.

    January 24, 2018 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Amy Showalter

    Oh my! I grew up in Florida and winter still means citrus for me! Now that I live in Virginia I appreciate even more what a bright sunshine they offer. I just brought back some Meyer Lemons– they might be my favorite! but my favorites are many! Making lemon curd today!! xo

    January 24, 2018 at 7:34 am Reply
  • Wanda Villegas

    I have a deep love for limes. I always have limes in my house. If we’re not making margaritas with them I’m cooking with them.

    January 24, 2018 at 7:49 am Reply
  • Karen Baruth

    I LOVE Ina Garten’s Lemon cake recipe. It’s amazing. Thanks for the giveaway. ????

    January 24, 2018 at 8:51 am Reply
  • Kelly E.

    I love all things citrus, but my favorite is probably grapefruit. There is just something so refreshing about it. We’ve been eating ginormous ones with yogurt for breakfast and it’s truly been a bright spot on these chilly January days. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enjoy a little piece of California here on the East Coast. 🙂

    January 24, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Shannon

    Your feed is my favorite. Meyer lemons are one of my faves. Love fresh squeezed orange juice too.

    January 24, 2018 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Susan

    This is such a sweet giveaway, Heather. It’s been awhile I hope you are well. I love using zest when I’m baking usually lemon or orange just makes everything better! Thank you!

    January 24, 2018 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Shelly Brandt

    I love all citrus, but if I have to pick one, it would be limes! I love to make key lime cups, margaritas and squeeze them over tacos!

    January 24, 2018 at 11:10 am Reply
  • Jenny C

    I love your pictures of your orange trees…it brightens up my instagram during these cold winter months. My favorite citrus is grapefruit, but oranges are a close second. And nothing is better than a scone with orange glaze!

    January 24, 2018 at 11:54 am Reply
  • Tricia

    -Orange Blossom by Jo Malone-
    Growing up in California and having a Tangerine and Lemon tree outside our back door. ???? ???? ????

    (Love your feed)

    January 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    my favorite citrus is oranges. Around Christmas my mom used to say oranges were God’s ornaments.

    January 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Jodi

    Oranges and grapefruit are a tie at our house!

    January 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Lori Covach

    I love all the citrus! Especially the Meyer’s lemons in lemonade, lemon bars, lemon cookies (love Giada’s Recipe), and Ina’s lemon pound cake. ????

    January 24, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Jayme Becker

    Pink lady oranges are beautiful and delicious !

    January 24, 2018 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Sharon Schutte

    My favorite oranges are the Cara Cara Navel, also referred to as a red-fleshed navel orange. They are only in the stores in the early months of the year (Jan, Feb, March) as they are an early-to-midseason navel orange. They are believed to have developed as a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel.

    January 24, 2018 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Karenann

    I love anything citrus! I love the smell, taste, everything. For me, my most favorite citrus has got to be orange and grapefruit is a super close second. I love putting citrus into my cooking, I love citrus infused soaps and lotions, anything with citrus! Thank you for such a generous giveaway opportunity!

    January 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm Reply
  • Emily

    Your style is amazing Heather. I love clementines – I craved them during all of my pregnancies so they bring me happy memories.

    January 24, 2018 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    I love digging into a ruby red grapefruit. I always end up with juice everywhere and sticky fingers, but totally worth it.

    January 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm Reply
  • Kathy from Oregon

    I love all citrus! But a most favorite memory involving citrus was a family trip to Palm Desert when my kids were young. Our rental house had a grapefruit tree growing right over the hot pool outside. The kids thought they were in heaven, picking grapefruit right from the tree as they hung out at the pool in the middle of winter. Something magical about that.

    January 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Georgia

    We love HoneyBelles, Meyer lemons, and mandarin oranges – really, we love all citrus! Wonderful that you have such a bountiful crop this year. We live in the cold Northeast; one of my favorites memories is of a visit to California, staying in a house with several lemon trees in the garden. I rushed outside to pick them and made delicious lemonade.

    January 25, 2018 at 7:26 am Reply
  • Brandi

    So very sweet and generous of you, Heather! I love all citrus fruits. Having an orange grove of my own would be an absolute dream. Growing up my mom made sweet potato-orange cups. She would cut the oranges in half, juice them, then fill the orange cups with a sweet potato pie-like mixture. They were so delicious fresh from the oven topped with homemade whipped cream.

    January 25, 2018 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Terri

    I always smile when I find a new post from you in my inbox! My favorite citrus memory is actually two related: Two summers ago, my sister and I were in Austria and noticed all these adorable tiny potted kumquat trees on all the outdoor café tables in Vienna. We both wanted one but weren’t sure if they grew well in the states. Then, last month we were visiting New Orleans with my brother and lo and behold, there was a gigantic kumquat tree growing over the sidewalk at a home on the outskirts of the French Quarter. We may or may not have swiped a few!

    January 25, 2018 at 11:30 pm Reply
  • Nancy Skora

    Hi Heather,
    Hope its not to Late! I need oranges, I keep getting sick… I use to live in Ventura, CA. Moved to Washington State in 2016. I need some good Vitamin C from My Home State of CA. Heather I have always loved your blog and Styles. You favored a chandelier of mine that I got at the Rose bowl five or six years ago. I will keep up with your Grove House. Love IT!

    January 26, 2018 at 9:32 am Reply
  • Jill Burgess

    My grandmother used to tell the story of when she first came to California in 1921 from the mid west. As the train approached Riverside she could smell the orange groves long before she could see them! I have five of my own trees absolutely full of oranges and clementines and lemons, so I won’t throw my name in the giveaway hat. How wonderful it must be, though, to be so surrounded by the groves! The fragrance is just divine.

    January 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm Reply
  • geri

    my husband has an easter tradition that is called the plate, it consists of every imagainable italian meat that you can find at a good italian deli or porkstore and the same w italian cheeses(no swiss or american!!) the meats and cheeses are sliced thin and layered on a big plate. after this is done, on top of the 8 inch mound goes ricotta black olives and hard boiled eggs and then a gorgeous round of a think naval orange. sounds weird but it is unforgettable.

    January 26, 2018 at 2:38 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    I love seeing your grove. 8000 pounds is a lot of oranges! I am sure they taste fabulous.

    January 28, 2018 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Pam Bowman

    I’m too late for the giveaway (my misfortune) but not too late to say Praise God, who is “the giver of all good!” That includes all citrus!

    February 2, 2018 at 4:06 am Reply
  • thefolia

    Viva la citrus! Sweet oranges are my sunshine these dreary days in the homestrech of spring. Happy harvesting!

    February 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • thefolia

    Viva la citrus orchard! My dream is an orangerie since we said adios to Southern California almost two years ago. My happy drink is a hand-crafted margarita and what better citrus than the one freshly plucked from the vine. Happy harvesting and happy juicing and feasting of course.

    April 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm Reply
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