Sunday, January 23, 2011

January 22, 2011

Florida is typically known as "The Sunshine State". The cold weather is usually not calculated into this problematic equation. Though Florida has many days of sun appearing high in the sky, the cold can make its way into our lives. January is no exception to the rule. As soon as there is an 80 degree day, the sun will be as bright as a dinner bell, and it will be 29 degrees within 2 days. I, on the other hand, think of citrus growing on trees. That's easy for me to say, since I live a stones throw from the fields of dreams. The smell of orange blossoms in the air is oh so overwhelming this time of year. The trees are not as abundant as they used to be. We live in a world now that is overworked and under payed. And at the same time, we are sending billions and billions a day overseas to the "new rich". As time goes by, this "Earth World" is getting smaller and smaller. The seas are rising because of the global warming effect, the economies are strategically becoming displaced overnight in once third world nations and the rise of depression and starvation has reached new heights all over the world. So, what in the world does this have to do with Florida, cold weather and sunshine: CITRUS! In the routine blah, blah, blah of our lives, we still have the power to produce the best citrus in the country! Citrus of all kinds. There are so many out there to choose from. One particular kind of citrus we tend to forget about are Key Limes. They are not like other citrus fruits. They are special in many ways. Location, location and location is what they say about buying a house. Well, the same can be said about "The Key Lime". They were named after "The Florida Keys": the linking of many small islands travelling south past the state of Florida. Key West is known as the southern most tip of the continental United States. It thrives on relaxation, tourism and more relaxation. Here's the deal: RELAXATION=KEY LIME PIE! If you ask any true Floridian their favorite type of pie, they will say Key Lime Pie. This pie is so unique in so many different ways. It's tangy! It's light! It's rich! It's full of history! It's no-bake! It's over-the-top taste is so simplistic and defining: ALL IN ONE BITE! Key Limes are not confusing with other limes at all. They are very small: miniature limes. But, so much punch in one little lime?! A small price to pay for the true taste of Florida. The next time it's cold and the sun is shining, think of KEY LIME PIE. Tensions mounting overseas! Think Pie! Economics falling apart! Think Pie! RELAXATION: THINK KEY LIME PIE!

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