Celebrating Citrus in May

May 12th, 2015

Lemons, limes, oranges, naartjies, grapefruits and kumquats are all ripening in the garden. On the farm we are picking the soft skinned easy-peeler naartjies – Satsumas and Nules. In the cellar the winemakers are getting ready for our upcoming distilling workshop on 20 May. Juice of pressed naartjies are in the process of fermenting before it will be fired through the copper pot kettle to make mampoer.

Hanging citrus from Babylonstoren

For a variation on the tussie mussies (or scented posies), Constance gathers lemon pelargoniums, lemon thyme, lemon grass, lemon verbena and citrus scented confetti bush (Coleonema album).

Beautiful citrus decoration

In the wooden fruit boxes for our hotel guests, the fresh Vitamin C rich citrus fruits are combined with sweet guavas, fragrant grenadillas and tangy tree tomatoes.

Fresh fruit from Babylonstoren

After the daily 10 o’clock garden tour, visitors can refresh at the Greenhouse with Gundula’s special flu fighting tea (see recipe below).

Gundula's flu fighting citrus tea


 Flu Fighting Citrus Tea

  • Big handful of lemon thyme
  • 1 twig lemon verbena
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, roughly chopped
  • 3cm piece of ginger, peeled & chopped
  • Honey to sweeten


  • 1 lime or lemon, thinly sliced
  • calendula flowers
  • 1 lemongrass stem


  1. Combine all the ingredients
  2. Pour 2 litres of boiling water over the aromatics.
  3. Steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain, and add the lime/lemon, calendula and lemongrass to decorate.
  5. Serve hot or cold.


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