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Moorish influence both in ceramic tiles and fruit in a typical La Heredia kitchen.
 

"LEMON TREE VERY PRETTY AND THE LEMON FLOWER IS
SWEET BUT THE FRUIT OF THE LEMON IS IMPOSSIBLE TO EAT"

So sang Harry Belafonte many years ago. But he had never visited La Heredia.

Lemons have flourished in Andalucia since Moorish times and thrive here. They can however be fickle and need care and attention. Lemon trees can only be grown by taking a flowering bud and a little of the stem and grafting the slice onto a root stock. This incision is best made about 30 centimetres above ground level. The knife must be sterile and the joint is immediately bound tight with tape. The new "baby" is then carefully tended in a plant nursery for about two years before it is ready for planting out. Thereafter it will have a productive fruiting period of 25 or so years.

Our communal gardens host many lemon trees and many owners have their own trees on their patios or courtyards.

A healthy mature tree planted directly into good soil will provide 300 to 400 ripe fruits which will last for most of the year with careful picking. This means that for large parts of each year we can enjoy the sight of the bright yellow lemons and also the fragrant smell of the new season flowers.

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