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NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« on: June 14, 2013, 02:16:44 PM »

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2013, 02:30:02 PM »
is the kitro what Stephen used to call a "sweet lemon"?

we have some bergamot trees, fruit greatly prized by friends- and I gave cuttings to "Dennis the Corfiot" last winter too

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2013, 02:43:30 PM »
Well fruity and very interesting. It took me a lot of research to discover the name osage-orange when I first saw the fruit on Corfu. There are some trees by the taverna on Vidos but the bar staff there didn't know the name; several month's later I found it.  My wanderings in Corfu have let me see many of the fruit and nut trees you mention but I obviously haven't been looking at them closely enough. To me it was just orange, lemon, kumquat, grapefruit or lime but now I know there are so much more varieties all of which have interesting historical and local stories/uses. I will look at the trees differently in future to see if I find one of the types you mention and I will also look for the bergamot tree.

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2013, 03:09:59 PM »
Thank you Nafsika.  I enjoyed that little trip.

Now thirsty as well I will have a cup of Hot Water with a slice of lemon in it.

I have made many Corfiot people laugh when I ask if I can buy one of their lemons for my lemon drink that I like first thing in the morning and they just raise their eyebrows and tell me to take one of the tree  ;D ;D


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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2013, 05:30:43 PM »
A very interesting read Nafsica!

I have seen some of these fruit, not realising what they were. I am sure I have seen the Etrog and thought it was just a lumpy lemon!

Is there not an Osage orange tree just before the harbour in Kassiopi? It's quite a large heavy fruit. I could be wrong!

We have a sanguina, blood orange tree, in the garden which is very heavily laden with baby fruit at the moment. A treat in store for the winter!

I'm not going to say much about the limoncello!!  :-[ ::) ;D ;D ;D

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2013, 06:14:21 PM »
Glad you liked the blog folks!
Yes Jan I expect the kitra was what Steven called the sweet lemon. I don't know about you but I always used to eat the peel and flesh of the real Greek lemons you used to get at the old tavernas. Thick peel and pith, surprisingly not sour, very refreshing! Trisa, yes there is an Osage Orange down by the water ib Kassiopi, and there are several in the gardens along Garitsa Bay.
Davey, I am very happy to think you will be inspecting our fruit trees more closely in future!
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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2013, 06:19:08 PM »
That's so typically Corfiot isn't it Viv? I am surprised they haven't given you a whole lemon tree!
That is a very 'Eastern' custom - if the stranger admires something, the owner is obliged to give it to him. It even applies to wives according to some old stories!

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2013, 06:25:55 PM »
Think I'll give that last Custom a try on my holiday this year  ;)  :o

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2013, 12:57:36 PM »
That was really interesting, Angela, thank you very much xx

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2013, 04:02:21 PM »
if anyone wouyld like cuttings, to plant or graft, of any of the citrus trees mentioned in Angela's fascinating blog. you are welcome to come and get them later in the year- I have them all, even Dolce, except limes (I was told by someone who had tried to grow thasm that they tend to turn wild and stop bearing fruit here).  I also have some banana trees if anyone would like one.

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2013, 05:58:18 PM »
Jan,

That is a very kind offer which we may well take you up on! I guess September/October is about the best time to undertake such planting. I am sure that someone who knows much better will put me straight but my understanding is that it is essential to keep grafts covered from the rain.

We have a Mexican Lime in a pot which I have neglected to plant out. That is going to have to wait until September .... if it survives!

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2013, 07:07:01 PM »
delightewd if you do Bob,  but get advice re timings, I am not sure, although September/October sounds as if it would be right.

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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2013, 07:36:21 PM »
Thank you for taking us along on your cyber ramble, Nafsika. It's always nice to learn something new about Corfu, such as the story of the etrog.  :)
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Re: NAFSIKA CHEWS ON SOME STRANGE CORFU FRUIT
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2014, 10:44:50 AM »
Just popped over your blog and left a comment. Great work !!!

 

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