sits on 1 Hectare of land (about 2.7 acres). It has about 600
mature (25 years old or so) orange trees of the variety of
tarocco of the family of
blood oranges, after the red color of their pulp. Beside
their normal use as table fruits, in Sicily they are used
as salad! When properly cared for and pruned,
the grove gives on the average, about 10 tons of oranges
per year. It is big enough and small enough to make a small
hobby/business out of it.
Maintanence is minimal as there is
built in an irrigation system that brings water to each and every
tree by underground pipes. It literally suffices to "open the faucet"
and check once in a while that the irrigation holes do not
get clogged with dirt.
The property has also about 35
of the variety of Nocellara Etnea (see right) of maturity ranging
from 15 to 30 years. They are in full production and give
enough olive oil for the whole extended family.
It has also a large 30 year old avocado tree in full production.
Scattered across the property there are also apricot, plum,
fig, lemon, grapefruit, and pomogranate trees. The pictures
below show blood orange salad with black olives (left) and
onions (middle), and olive oil made out of Nocellara Etnea