18 Jun, 2015 The Twister Fruit Picker ® : “The Last of the Tangelos” – The End of an Era Picking Fruit in San Diego
In 1979 the inventor of The Twister Fruit Picker® moved to southern California after retiring from a life of wheat farming in Montana. It was not long before he started planting a variety of fruit trees including orange, lime, lemon, pluot (a combination of apricot and plum), peach, apple, Fuyu persimmon and tangelo. As the fruit trees grew, so did his family. His four children all married and new grandchildren were born. Throughout the years his children, grandchildren and their families have visited and enjoyed southern California’s warm climate. During the past 36 years, the fruit trees flourished and have produced fresh fruit in abundance – and there have been eleven great-grandchildren added to his family!
We all have many special memories of the times we visited the “San Diego house”, but all of us remember the sweet, juicy tangelos that we enjoyed in late winter and early spring. Tangelos are a delicious cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine. Freshly picked from the tree, their sweet/tart flavor and juiciness designates them as a unique member of the citrus fruit family. The San Francisco Gate healthy eating article agrees with us and notes that they are “good for you”. Picking those delicious tangelos safely and easily was paramount in the invention of The Twister Fruit Picker®.
However, this is much more than an informational blog about tangelos. Norris has recently moved from his home of 36 years to a small elder care home. In a recent final farewell to the “San Diego house”, some of us enjoyed the last of the late season tangelos. “The last of the tangelos” is our story, but also a Father’s Day tribute to Norris, the 96-year-old inventor of The Twister Fruit Picker®. It embodies our love for our family and is truly the end of an era for all of us. We love you, Dad (Grandad)! Happy Picking!