Tuesday 23 March 2004

grapefruit blossom time

picture of grapefruit blossom

There are few scents in this world that move me quite the way grapefruit blossoms do. For those who have never had the pleasure, grapefruit blossoms are heady, sensual, exceptionally fragrant and not overly sweet but definitely strong. As with all scents, we humans tend to attach memories and emotions to them – whatever I’ve attached to this scent must be pretty darned luscious.

I’m not alone in this, I know. A boyfriend of days (years?) past and I were once driving down a street in Tucson during this time of year after dark, and he suddenly stopped the truck right in the middle of the street so we could just sit there and breathe the scent.

This morning I heard the coyotes ululating in the river (and no Dunstan, there still ain’t no water in that there river) and by afternoon the air was thick with the scent of grapefruits.

And so we welcome spring to the Sonoran Desert.

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Comments (24)

  1. ah ha, I knew that the grapefruit oil in that special accupressure massage oil i used long ago to treat you that year or so had mystical powers, 😛

  2. I’m partial to Snap Dragons. Not only do they smell nice, but they’re just a cool flower. If you squeeze the sides properly, you can have a lively conversation with them.

    Of course, all I can imagine them saying is “rar,” so the converstion never lasts more than a half hour.

  3. We have lemon & tangelo blossoms here and the combo aroma is great! The bees are just getting warmed up. Vroom, vroom.

  4. Hi Molly,
    What a great observation on the flower of the grapefruit tree. We bought a house we’re now selling after several years and the tree that had only ever produced leaves in the circle drive turns out, lo and behold, to be a miniature grapefruit. The first fruits we’ve seen this year were hilarious. A three inch thick rind with the tinest possible inch and a half wide fruit disk that looked like the eye of some ancient statue. And that beautiful grapefruit scent has been gifted upon several delighted neighbors and friendsv who always clamor for more in the bouquets we share. You’re right, it’s sensually luscious… 😉

  5. The flower itself is gorgeous…I don’t believe I’ve ever caught the scent of it but your entry inspires me to do so! 😀 Surfed onto your blog by a blogsnob ad…love your content! Have a good week! 🙂

  6. And 50 bonus style points for the word “ululating.”

  7. Yeah, ululate rocks. Nice post.

  8. Fragrant wonders:

    A truly lackluster old fashioned garden flower:
    Reseda Odorata aka Mignonette, Nothin to look at, though smells great. Often hard to find growing at nureseries around here. Annual [midwest united states]

    Other great ones that scent the garden…
    Heliotrope, Nicotiana [fragrances is similar to plumeria], Sweet Peas [the perennial kind], Dianthus [several varieties in the carnation family], Erysimum

  9. That aroma is what makes life worth living here in Arizona. Thanks Molly.

  10. This is my favorite time of year in Arizona. I sit in my backyard and smell the blossoms on my lemon, orange, and grapefruit trees and I’m in heaven.

  11. My African friends often demonastrate ululations for me: Uuu-loo-looo-loo-loo-loo-luuuu! Uuuuu-luu-looo-looo-luu-luuu-looo!
    They truly do. And it’s *rilly*rilly* cool mon…

  12. I remember grapefruit blossoms from growing up in southern California. I was visiting friends in Thermal (in the Coachella Valley, south of Indio) in March, and driving with the sunroof of my old VW bug down. I caught the scent, and it was like being transported to a magical place.

    I’ve read that the sense of smell triggers the memory more readily than any other. When I smell grapefruit blossoms, I’m momentarily taken to that magical place 30+ years ago.

  13. This article is very interesting and written by some clever guy.:) Thank you!

  14. Coole Seite, viel Content.

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