Photo of oranges being washed, by Cybrgrl, Flickr Creative Commons
And tropical yard fruit, at that.
Sounds like good weather for citrus, I know. But I'm always excited to see tropical fruits, because they weren't common here when I was a kid.
I rushed to get the bowl, gazing at its bumpy orange contents. Real satsumas! They weren't your standard clementines or "sweeties" from a mesh bag, with 25 identical siblings. These were the real thing, and I could peel them for breakfast.
And indeed, nurseries and Urban Harvest confirm that papayas can be grown in the area.
Photo of papaya tree by Adrian8_8, Flickr Creative Commons
I felt fired up. Fruit a-plenty around here!
If you live in a warm climate, local organizations like Urban Harvest in Houston offer great classes on choosing and growing tropical fruit trees in your yard. The range of plants possible is broad, from avocados to starfruit to guavas. Articles like this one are full of great tips.
In future visits, I look forward to having more homegrown tropical fruits, and finding out what grows on some of those trees that were mysteries on this visit!