Citrus groves

Citrus groves

In Florida, the Native Americans carried oranges with them, left from the Spanish, and droppedtheir seeds in heavily forested areas. Early settlers of Florida planted orange groves inparticularly near newly developed settlements. Citrus today is one of the major fruit crops ofthe western hemisphere. Many orange grove plantings were set among the waterways of Florida where the watertransportation to other states was easily accessible. In […]

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Orange blossom is only state flower used to make perfume

Orange blossom is only state flower used to make perfume

Yeasel’s Orange Blossom Perfume Brought to the Americas by the Spaniards in the 15thcentury, oranges became an important part of Florida’s economy over the centuries. During his travels through northeast Florida in 1774, American botanist and explorer William Bartram told of groves of orange trees in full bloom and the air filled with the sweet fragrance of the delicate orange blossoms. Chosen as Florida’s state […]

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A Sweet Business: Esper Products Deluxe

A Sweet Business: Esper Products Deluxe

Esper Products Deluxe A small jelly factory began in the fall of 1937 at 46 Main Street in Kissimmee, Florida. It produced 15-20 varieties of jams, jellies and marmalades. By 1950 there were 38 varieties of tropical flavors offered and the plant used an average of two tons of sugar per week. Aided by J.B. McCauley, Mrs. Emily Bast, widow of G.Y. Bast Sr. founded […]

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