April 8, 2011

Sarawak's Green "Sunkist"

I was doing some quiet times outside the church the other day while waiting for the Pastor.

Next to the church lives a nice Methodist who worships in Mei Ang Tang.

I was observing his "pomelo" tree. I saw small flowers and lots of fruits growing at different stages.

So I thought that God really makes a lot of flowers for the tree. But not all the flowers grow into fruits. Some bunches have only two while some have five fruits!!

Many of the branches have only one fruit at the end. So many flowers have been wasted!!

In fact I found a few fruits rotting away under the tree. How sad to see such wastage of God's creation and providence.

We human beings are like that. Each one of us is like a flower on the fruit tree.

Do we grow into a good fruit?

Beautiful citrus flower.

Only one single fruit on this branch.

So many fruits!!

Small and pretty fruits. I wonder how many will be dropping off soon.

Three big ones here.

Four here.

The pastor was given three and I called them the Trinity....

The man told us that he calls his oranges Sunkist. True to his words...this fruit is very very sweet. I was one of the beneficiaries of his gardening skills. Thank you !

They could be a cross of pomelo and the green orange.  Should it be called Orepom? or Pomerange? Or oramelo? In Sibu a variety of pomelo with soft gentle furry skin is called Moh Moh Pomelo (a credit to Lau Kah Tii who first grew it I suppose).

But any way Sunkist is a brand name. Sunkist Growers, Incorporated is a citrus grower's non-stock membership cooperative composed of 6,000 members from California and Arizona. It is headquartered in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Formed in 1893 as the Southern California Fruit Exchange in Claremont by P. J. Dreher and his son, the "father" of the California citrus industry, Edward L. Dreher (1877–1964). The exchange soon included growers and groves in Pomona, Riverside and San Dimas in Los Angeles County, and Santa Paula, Saticoy, Fillmore, Rancho Sespe, Bardsdale and Piru in Ventura County; by 1905, the group represented 5,000 members, 45% of the California citrus industry, and renamed itself the California Fruit Growers Exchange. It adopted the "Sunkist" name in 1908 for its highest quality oranges, and so was the first to brand fruit.
Currently representing about 6000 members, Sunkist is a not-for-profit corporation, with all profits from the exchange returned to the growers. Sunkist is the largest marketing cooperative in the world's fruit and vegetable industry, and is one of the 10 largest marketing cooperatives in America.

In Malaysia we can get many different kinds of Sunkist products. But the best product is still the nice navel orange we get in the fruit market...and you can see the word Sunkist printed on it.


Anonymous said...

Hi Sarawakiana,

Your posting on pomelo reminds me of Bintangor oranges. I read somewhere that Bintangor oranges which is sour is actually a hybrid cross between mandarin orange (Citrus sinensis) X lime(Citrus aurantifolia). I am curious and wonder who hybridise the orange. Was it the pioneer Foochows? Do you have the story? Perhaps you want to have a posting on bintangor oranges which the small riverine town is famous for. Also pomelo got red and whit fruit type. Which is better? Also pomelo has been known to be used as vermifuge.

Ann said...

I was going to talk about Bintang's oranges, when I read your anonymous commenter is also talking about it.

If if I am from Bintang, I will strongly defend that it is SWEET. I had eaten plenty when i was teaching there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarawakiana,

I rememebr u mentioning about SKII in one of your post previously. Can give comment of its effectiveness??

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Sarawakiania, you are very creative with your camera. Outstanding closeup shots too.
And yes, they do look like sungkists.
I bet it is succulent and sweet.
Have fun.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Anonymous...I think the Foochows must have brought the Bintangor kit kiang...It really is the green mandarin orange. I will do some research on how it started. It was fashionable indeed to grow the green sunkist and the green Bintangor orange. My uncles had a few hundred trees but then the Rajang River's water levels killed them all in the 70's and 80's. What a pity. No compensation. No insurance.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yes...We used to buy one whole wooden crate of oranges for Christmas. They were about the cheapest gifts we could distribute! Remeber they were available whole year round? We could buy them in the alleys of Ta Kiong etc. Yes most are sweet.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Anonymous...SKII used by my friends seem to be effective. My skin is too old for testing...LOL. Don't forget the price is high end...hence has to be somewhat effective.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Uncle Lee....thanks for your compliments...some trials and errors....very very sweet....thanks to the sweet man...

Anonymous said...

Was the hydrid developed in Sarawak or was it hybridize in China? i think it is the former because the bintangor oranges is uniquely Sarawak. The Pontinak ornages is different hybrid.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Anonymous...I will be answering your question with a future post. So watch this space.....thanks.

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