Wednesday, January 22, 2003

R. W. Apple, who has the best job in the world, inquires into the deliciousness of the Texas Rio Star grapefruit, while the fruit detective crops up in the Times to praise the navel:
"The navel [grafted] on sour orange [rootstock from Brazil] has the best sugar/acid ratio and solids, but it fell out of favor after 1955 because it's susceptible to tristeza," he said, referring to a viral disease.
If my bossa nova Portuguese is correct, that's a viral disease called "sadness." Sweet.


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