Shortlist
Recently Viewed
You have not viewed any villas yet. When you do, they will appear here for easy reference.

Search


Categories

About This Guide
Latest Articles
Most Viewed
Random Selection
Articles With Photos
Meet The Authors
Accommodation   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Animal Kingdom   page 1 / 2
Cruising
Days Out   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Dining   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32 / 33
Discovery Cove   page 1 / 2
Disney General   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Disney Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Epcot   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Florida History   page 1 / 2
Golf   page 1 / 2 / 3
Hints and Tips   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Hollywood Studios   page 1 / 2
Magic Kingdom   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Miscellaneous   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17
Museums
Night Life
Other Activities   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15
Other Florida   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Other Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Owners Vacation Diary   page 1 / 2
Places to Visit   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Planning your Trip   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Sea World   page 1 / 2
Shopping   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Shows
Sports and Recreation
State Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Travelling   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
Universal Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Water Parks

Florida Guide > Other Florida

Pick your own citrus and taste the difference!

Imagine waking to another glorious sunny day in Florida, sipping some sweet fresh orange juice on your pool deck, and enjoying some ruby red grapefruit for breakfast that you have picked and chosen yourselves from the trees and groves – what a wonderful way to start your day true Floridian style.

Located on US27 towards Clermont, and only 10 minutes from the junction of Hwy192 and US27 and on the right side of the road you will find ‘The Showcase of Citrus’ or ‘U-Pick’, pick your own citrus groves, open October – May.

As we arrived we were greeted by the owners and offered samples of Valencia Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit and Honey Tangerines – the taste is fantasic. The citrus season lasts from October until May, with different varieties available throughout the season including 3 varieties of Navel oranges from October to March, Page from October to December, Ambersweet from October to November, Hamlin from November to January, Temple from December to April, Valencia from March to May, grapefruit from October to May, lemon and limes from October to February, and 3 varieties of tangerines from October to May. Do not be fooled by the look of the fruit and skin, it is not treated with pesticides and grows naturally – it may not look like the fruit you buy in the supermarket (not so orange, waxy and ‘perfect’ looking), but the taste is so much better, even slightly green fruit is ripe, sweet and juicy – delicious!

We were then showed a map and told where the groves were situated for the fruit in season – we were there in April, and were directed to the grapefruits, Valencia oranges and Honey Tangerines were. The groves are vast (over 35 acres), so be sure to find out what is in season before you set off. Trainers or similar footwear is recommended, as well as hats and good sunscreen.

The fruit is sold in ‘bushels’ (net-like strong bags) and you can choose either a half bushel or quarter bushel to collect your fruit in. We chose 2 half bushels (one for each of the children). The bags are very, very heavy as you fill them up, but we discovered after that pull along trolley carts are provided for use! You can fill your bushels with a mixture of fruit i. e. oranges, grapefruit and tangerines, and pay per half/quarter bushel. The price for a half bushel is $14.

Picking complete and bushes full we then returned to the shop to pay, where we were offered a sample of freshly squeezed orange juice. The shop also offers a variety of citrus related goods, including jams, marmalade, and even orange perfume.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, and came away with some delicious fruit to enjoy for the duration of our holiday – we will be back!

Author: Dawn and Alan Murray (Villa link: click here)
Other articles by this author: click here

We aim to provide accurate and useful information, but if you feel anything provided here is not accurate or out of date, please email us with the address of the page concerned and any comments so we can amend as necessary.

Page added on: 13 April 2008
Viewed 4618 times since 1 September 2008.

There are no photos available for this article at the moment.

Villa Owners: Upload A Photo To This Article

To upload a photo for consideration, click here. Please only submit photos relevant to this article.

Other Articles Viewed

The following articles were also viewed by people who looked at this one:

Bookmark This Article


These sites allow you to store and share links over the internet. You can share the links with other users or just use them to access your links from any computer you are using. More information is available here.