Lime Bars

A tangy twist on traditional lemon bars, this citrusy lime version is a delightful dessert at home or on the go. Enjoy them as is or top with icing sugar or meringue. Ingredients: For shortbread base: 1 c. cold butter, cut in small pieces ½ c. sugar 2 c. flour For lime custard: 1½ c.… Read more »


Fig Bars

Once you’ve tried these, you’ll never be able to go back to the store-bought version! Simple to make and not too sweet, this is an easy-to-eat dessert that will be a hit with everyone (even those who aren’t particularly fond of figs). Ingredients: For the crust: ½ c. butter, softened ¼ c. granulated sugar ¼… Read more »

Celeste fig tree

Are Fig Trees Toxic to Dogs and Cats?

For many of us, our pets are like family, and when you have a beloved pet you want to make sure they stay safe. One way to do that is to be sure to check that any plants you’re thinking of bringing into your home are not toxic to dogs, cats, or other pets. What’s… Read more »

Fantastic Avocado Tree

When to Trim an Avocado Tree

Have you been thinking you might like to buy an Avocado Tree? Avocado trees are subtropical tree that do best in a warm, semi-humid climate that experiences few and brief hard freezes. An Avocado Tree will only grow outdoors in USDA Growing Zones 8-11, but even then the territory has to be just right –… Read more »


Garlic Lemon Shrimp

Garlic and lemon seem made to go with fresh, tasty shrimp! This savory entrée is so tasty, it’s hard to believe it’s healthy and low-calorie. So easy to make, yet so impressive when served, too! Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. uncooked shrimp, eeled and deveined 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. lemon… Read more »

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Are Lemon Trees Deer Resistant?

Deer, deer! Someone’s been nibbling on your lemon tree! Or maybe you don’t have a lemon tree yet, but you do have pesky deer that love to partake of your garden and you’re worried they WILL nibble on your lemon tree. Let’s come back to the deer in a moment…first we’ll talk about you getting… Read more »


Skillet Chicken with Olives

Fall in love with the Mediterranean flavors of this one-skillet meal! The sharp, briny bite of the olives pairs well with the chicken breasts. Quick and easy to prepare, this dish looks like you spent a lot of time on it! For an extra kick, substitute the broth with white wine. Ingredients: 4 boneless chicken… Read more »


Key Lime Cupcakes

Now you can enjoy the wonderful flavor of Key lime in a light, fluffy cupcake. A little tart, a little sweet, bright, fresh lime flavor makes these cupcakes a light, summery option everyone will love. A dusting of graham crackers is delightfully reminiscent of a day at the beach! Ingredients: For the cupcakes: ½ c.… Read more »

Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree

How Tall Are Lemon Trees?

Grow a container lemon tree indoors and enjoy your own homegrown lemons, regardless of the climate you live in! Growing indoor lemons isn’t hard as long as you choose the right tree and meet its special needs. Read on to learn how you can soon be enjoying sweet-smelling flowers, glossy foliage and tart, tasty fruit.… Read more »


Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes

What says “summer” better than a batch of light, fluffy pancakes flavored with sunshiney lemon and infused with summery blueberries? Everyone will love their mild sweetness, especially when topped with butter and maple syrup or blueberry compote. Make them as a treat for Dad on Father’s Day or anytime! Ingredients: 1 c. all purpose flour… Read more »

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Where to Plant a Key Lime Tree

Are you a fan of Key Lime pie, but have had to settle for a less-than-authentic version due to the limited availability of Key Limes in your local grocery store? This article help you grow your own Key Limes just about anywhere! What is a Key Lime Tree? Also known as a Mexican Key Lime… Read more »


Orange Cheesecake Breakfast Rolls

Bite into one of these rolls, and it will be hard to stop with just one! A decadent, citrus-y twist on traditional cinnamon rolls, these easy-to-make rolls will be the star of a special occasion brunch. Keep a batch ready in the freezer! Ingredients: For the rolls: 2 packages (¼ oz. each) active dry yeast… Read more »


Warm Spiced Olives

Transform a bowl of mixed olives into elegant, Mediterranean-style party fare with a warm, richly spiced oil! Delicious and easy to make, this impressive dish is sure to get rave reviews at your next gathering. The warm olives slide right off the pits, and bright lemon zest and spices gives this dish enough “zing” to… Read more »

Mission Olive Tree

Do Olive Trees Grow in Florida?

No other fruit in the world has as rich a history as the olive. Going as far back as 3000 BC in Asia Minor, olives, their cultivation and oil play important roles in ancient and modern civilizations alike. In Greek mythology, olive oil was said to be a gift from Athena to Zeus. Olive oil… Read more »

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How to Make Homemade Olive Oil

There’s so much that’s good about olive oil! Packed with polyphenols, amino acids and healthy monounsaturated fats, olive oil not only adds depth and flavor to food, it’s loaded with healthy antioxidants, has strong anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, and reduces your risk for certain health conditions. You can even use it… Read more »