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Citrus theft squeezes profit from Texas farmers

By Shala Gean Plump fruit hangs from the tree. Workers pick it at peak freshness. And it’s ready to ship straight to a grocery store near you. It’s harvest season for citrus in the Rio Grande Valley. But it’s not all roses for the growers. Theft is on the rise. It’s always an issue growers [...]

Candied Grapefruit

By Kelly Bogard Bittersweet and full of goodness. That's how I like to describe grapefruit. As a kid, I can remember eating it for breakfast. I even had a special spoon for it. And with a sprinkle of sugar, I was more than happy to sit there and section each triangle of meat from the rind. [...]

Lemon Meringue Pie

By Kelly Bogard Spring has sprung. The trees and flowers are beginning to bloom. Days are getting longer. I'm not sure why, but this time of year I think about lemons. If it's lemon-scented, flavored or colored, you can bet I'm on board with it in the spring. Maybe it's the clean fresh smell or [...]

Texas citrus: From the grove to the kitchen

By Shala Watson Can you name the official state fruit of Texas? Here are some hints. It’s round and juicy. Has a blush exterior, deep red flesh and leaves a surprisingly sweet taste in your mouth. It’s Texas red grapefruit. And February is National Grapefruit Month. The perfect time to celebrate because Texas citrus farmers [...]

Candied Oranges

By Kelly Bogard The other day, Butters and I were talking about her Christmas stocking. As we placed it on the mantel, I told her about things I remember Santa leaving in mine. Instead of candy, we would get fruit and nuts, apples and oranges, along with still-in-the-shell walnuts, pecans and a hazelnut or two. [...]