Tangerines and grapefruits!
I have pictures of ripe tangerines and soon-to-be-ripe ruby-red grapefruits! We have the perfect weather for citrus here in the Inland Empire/Southern California (Zone 9), so we pretty much just neglect our trees. Even with the neglect, we get bushels of ruby-red grapefruits! And this year we got an unexpected flush of tangerines from a tree that has never given us fruit before!
Please excuse the lame pictures. I'm still trying to figure out my old hand-me-down digital camera, and I apparently didn't inherit the photography gene from my mother.
My tangerine tree's first fruits! Last year we had blossoms, but they all fell off before they could turn into fruits. I had threatened to rip out the tangerine tree and replace it with a meyer lemon tree, because I had read somewhere that I needed male and female tangerine trees and was convinced I'd never get fruits from this one. Boy, am I glad I didn't have the cashflow to follow through with my threat! The tangerines ended up smaller than I'd like. Next time I'll have to thin out the blossoms for larger fruit.
I got one whole box full of tangerines. I'm sure I can pull another two or three boxes more. I handed out some already to the neighbors!
Grapefruit tree! They're not ripe yet, but they're going to be fabulous when they are! I'm not sure exactly when they're going to ripen - we usually start to pick them when they get a red-ish tinge on the skin and we notice that they're starting to fall off the tree.