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macktyner
Gainesville, FL

December 10, 2012
4:50 AM

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A great article... But I am wondering if you were referring to the 1989 Florida freeze, when we had 10 degrees F here in Gainesville, killing most of my citrus trees. There is a book out about Florida citrus freezes, written in 1997 by John Attway, but 1997 itself was a mild year. And 1983 and 1985 saw bad freezes here, but nothing compared to 1894 when it was 2 degrees, the coldest ever on record.

California had a bad freeze in 1998.

Clementines themselves may have become popular about 1997, as I never heard of them before that. My favorite mandarin remains the Ponkan ("Chinese Honey") which looks like a clementine, but is larger and sweeter, and keeps better.

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