California’s history with oranges goes back to the planting of a citrus orchard at Mission San Gabriel in 1804. This episode of California’s Gold, first aired in 1998, explores not only the history but also the future of the citrus industry in the state.
In this episode of “California’s Gold,” host Huell Howser explores the history and lore of orange crate labels with Gordon McClelland who’s not only written a book on the subject, but has a collection containing literally thousands of the colorful labels, along with orange postcards and other ephemera.
Then Huell travels to UC Riverside to visit the Citrus Variety Collection which covers 20 acres, has approximately 1,700 trees and over 800 different varieties of citrus from all over the world. Huell walks through the groves and picks and tastes some of the newest and most unusual varieties of oranges being grown.