Paula’s Fruit Trees

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By Brandon Branch

The gardens at Paula’s are in full bloom, which means all the fruit trees are loaded down with fruit. 

On the property we have kumquats, loquats, 14 varieties of bananas, olive trees, blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges and plums. That’s a whole lot of fruit, y’all!

The bananas bloomed in January with giant purple blooms. The pear tree is in full bloom now and is stunning.  The new peach tree is loaded with baby peaches.  The loquats limbs are bending to the ground with so much fruit.  The kumquats still have plenty of fruit left over from winter, and the citrus trees are loaded with blooms, which means we will have a bumper crop this year.

The smell in the citrus garden is intoxicating.  The olive trees are just now showing olives, and the plum trees are producing too. I hope you enjoy my collection of pictures from the property I took this morning.

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This banana tree is one of our favorites. It looks so stately as its branches spread and reach for the sky.

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The kumquats add a nice pop of citrus color to Paula’s property – and they’re delicious too!

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You won’t believe how amazing these lemon tree blooms smell as you walk by.

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Is there anything more perfect than these olive trees overlooking the water in Paula’s backyard? We don’t think so!

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The peach trees on Paula’s property are simply adorable, and they produce the sweetest fruit.

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I can’t get over how stunning the blossoms of Paula’s pear tree look against the bright blue sky.

Brandon Branch is a playful Southern gentleman. His style is equal parts Yankee chic and Southern elegance all muddled together in a monogrammed mint julep cup. An invitation to one of his Savannah dinner parties is the equivalent to getting the golden ticket from Willy Wonka. Brandon holds the position of Design Director for Paula Deen Enterprises and serves as Paula Deen's Personal Assistant. He was featured on HGTV's seasonal special "Celebrity Holiday Homes" and looks forward to similar opportunities in the future. Pick up a copy of his New York Times best-selling book, Paula Deen's Savannah Style in our online store.
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hello Paula I remember meeting you at the casino Belter's when you cooked their for us.you also met mom in her scooter not sure if you remember us/or her. Thanks for the great cookbook and bag and thank for the memories. My mom always tried your recipes she would bake for my hubby he love it.Hope all is well with you and your family.

By Kathy Ruston on August 22, 2013

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Enjoyed seeing Paula's fruit trees, so proud for her, know that she will over come the recent problems. Hope she will stay her old funny self..

By Ruby Koon Tatum on August 16, 2013

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Enjoyed seeing Paula's fruit trees, so proud for her, know that she will over come the recent problems. Hope she will stay her old funny self..

By Ruby Koon Tatum on August 16, 2013

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God Bless

By MISSMuse on August 08, 2013

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Love seeing your fruit trees. I have asubcription to your magazine and bought othes plus your cookbooks. My grsnddaughter uses your cookwear We bought her for Xmas last year. And lsstly I miss my time with you in the afternoons. Love

By Ida Dohoney on July 26, 2013

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I would love to get my hands on some "Paula Is My Hero" t shirts i'm a large, I like pink and sea foam. Would look great with white pedal pushers and sandals. I cut my cable, thank you Paula for the freedom.

By Angelia D Westfall on July 25, 2013

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Paula I am abig fan of yours and i watch your cooking show. we are from the south and i hear the n word every day. ive heard it constantly and i always will. that is no reason to cause all of this commotion. You are the best cook and always will be. I think a lot of cooks are jealous of you and what you are. Just Wanted to let you know we are there for you 100 per cent.We miss your show.

By Anonymous on July 20, 2013

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I live up in northern Washington State, and I saw the broadcast on channel 35 Food Network. I miss it, but I do like the contact..I like vegetables and fruits we are the fruit country in the Eastern Part closer to the cascade mountain range area! Hope you are doing well, and don't lose heart God loves us all...

By Myra McDonald on July 19, 2013

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Hello Mike Elliott, Our products can still be purchased at our online store or at our local Savannah store. For our online store, just go to: http://www.pauladeenstore.com/ , if there's something specific that you cannot find online, you can call the Savannah store: Phone: (912) 232-1579. For her new food products, please go to: http://www.pauladeenfoods.com/ On behalf of Paula, we thank you for visiting our web site.

By Anonymous on July 19, 2013

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Hi Paula, I know you are going through some nasty times now but you have overcome other bad times and have come out better. Many of us feel your pain and want to support you. All of us have made mistakes in our lifetime and may regret what we have done but we go on and my hope is that you will be stronger and better for it. Best regards a fellow chef. Maria

By Maria Nicholas on July 13, 2013

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I love your yard with all that great fruit. It must be amazing to have all that fruit. Hope to meet you some day.

By Heidi on July 11, 2013

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is there anyone who has never said the n word in their whole entire life?

By Anonymous on July 09, 2013

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I noticed you have an olive tree and I was curious if it affected the taste? I know that olives taste different from different countries due to the soil, so I'm thinking that yours will also be different than what is bought over the counter. Do you use the olives from your trees only in special recipes because of the taste? And Paula, you are a beautiful Southern Lady smile

By Hilde on July 06, 2013

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Hello, Paula: I love your orchard. I retired, moved to the deep south, and planted a citrus orchard much as you have. I started with red grapefruit, pink grapefruit, then white. Next came a hamlin orange, satsumas, kumquats, limequats (key limes), pink lemons and mayer lemons. After that, along came an African golden banana and another sweet little banana whose name I can't remember. I don't know why, but growing fruit trees offers a sense of warmth and renewal each and every year. Keep growing your fruit and keep smiling that beautiful smile. You owe no apologies. We are just people...and none of us are perfect....and, keep doing what you do best. Cook, girl! Keep cooking the best food on earth! Love you. Claudine

By Claudine on July 05, 2013

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Keep up the good fight Paula . We love you and wish you the best. The FN may have lost one of their best but the Food Channel is a place for a new start. The may be small but with your help the Food Channel could grow. Check them out at Foodchannel.com. A place where people and food come to be loved. Wishing you Best Dishes.

By Teresa Meeks on July 05, 2013

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Gorgeous Gardens - thank you for sharing. Such a peaceful reteat too! Best

By Clara Cavallaro on July 05, 2013

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I love you Paula, and uncle Bubba.

By Susan Matlock on July 05, 2013

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Im a black guy in I forgive you sister

By Joshua kennedy on July 03, 2013

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Chin up, Lady! You are loved by many.

By April Ciolek on July 02, 2013

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I hope all those folks causin you heartache don't live in glass houses cuz there's gonna be a lot of broken glass. The only show I've ever watched is yours because its honest! I don't trust anyone who doesn't eat butter anyway! My prayers are with you on your journey and you are welcome at my house anytime! God Bless!

By Cynhia on July 02, 2013

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm