Our Fremont tangerine tree was a skinny, runty-looking tree when we brought it home more than fifteen years ago. We nurtured it, planted it in the best location of the sun-filled garden, and did all we could to keep our Rhodesian Ridgeback from trampling it for the first two years. It wasn’t, however, as healthy as we’d hoped. Then all of a sudden, after the second year, it seemed to hit a sweet spot in the soil and had a growth spurt to incredible heights. Our little “Charlie Brown” citrus tree exploded with fruit in huge, grape-like clusters. We couldn’t believe how strong it became overnight, and after all these years it continues to give us juicy fruit that feeds our community of friends and neighbors. Motto of this story: Never, ever give up on your little trees because you never know how beautiful they can grow up to be. We’re such proud parents. This recipe is to celebrate our once-wee-little tangerine tree.
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