Pixie Tangerines from Ojai, the charmed sphere.

What a difference in perspective you gain from seeing where fruit comes from 1st hand. I’ve been to the Farmer’s Markets a million times but still didn’t gather all that goes into the care and growth of the fruits or vegetables.  You sort of take things for granted when it is packaged and sold at your local convenient store or Supermarket.

I was recently invited on an adventure for ‘the citrus lover’ up to Ojai to get a first taste/tour of their exclusive “Pixie Tangerines” (they will be in the markets starting March 10th).  In accepting this invitation I was able to walk the farms where the citrus is grown and learn all types of interesting facts along the way.  Did you know that the tangerines get their color when the temperature drops at night and the weather turns cold????  I didn’t.  Like most Americans  I like seedless fruit and most of the citrus we sampled was seedless including the tangerines.  Nothing prepared me for the exquisite taste of these tangerines…..  I called them “jewels for the mouth” a burst of candied citrus tangy-ness with hints of berries and honey…… the PERFECT specimen.

First stop: Friend’s Orchards … this is a Father daughter team ran by Tony and Emily Thatcher.  In addition to the delicious Pixie tangerines they grow, they also produce some of the BEST tasting ‘W. Murcotts’ I’ve ever known.  Here are some pictures of their orchard.



Next stop: Churchill & Brennis Orchards….. Jim Churchill and Lisa Brennis , a husband and wife duo.  Their orchard has been CCOF- Certified Organic since 2007.  They have many acres of pixie tangerine trees and also produce the cute sweet little “Kishu”, look for it… only in season for a few more weeks.  A little photo diary of our visit.



From L to R: Me, Ericka of Nibbles and Feasts, Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious, Nancy of A Communal Table, and Priscilla of She’s Cookin.

The great news is you don’t need to go all the way to Ojai to get your mitts on these citrus gems, Melissa’s Produce will be bringing them to you.  Keep an eye out for this packaging….. when you see it grab away!

 Photo Credit: Group photo taken by Robert Schueller.  Photo of me by tangerine tree taken by Nancy Buchanan. All other photos taken by Nicole Presley.

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11 Responses to Pixie Tangerines from Ojai, the charmed sphere.

  1. Valentina says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to try these! I didn’t know that about how citrus gets their color – cool! I got married in Ojai and I love all things Ojai! 😉 Lovely post!

  2. Bren says:

    oh how fun! you met Priscilla! She’s such a doll. Love her! Looks like you all had great time. Love me some pixies. Don’t find them here enough.

  3. We had fun, didn’t we! Look at me in that photo, though. Why is my mouth open? Must be asking for a Pixie!

  4. Yoly says:

    How fun when you can go on a day trip with bloggy friends that share the same passion!

  5. Helena says:

    Que rico! They look delicious…Can we find them in Florida?

  6. What a fun experienced!! I love tangerines!! Y no sabía acerca de los del color en la noche.

  7. Yummy! There’s nothing I love more than the citrusy aroma when you first tear into a tangerine. Thanks for sharing a post on one of my favorite fruits, and one of my favorite places – Ojai!

  8. I’ve always wanted to know where these delicious tangerines come from. I really want some now.

  9. Teresa Garza says:

    I have been once in Ojai… It just a lovely place. I am glad you had fun on this field trip. Did you bring some tangerines ?? 🙂

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