'Heirloom' oranges or other citrus.
I was reading William Bartram's writings the other day and he was talking about "wild oranges" and "indian orange gorves" throughout north Florida and also orange groves in south Georgia. For those of you who do not know who William Bartram was, he was an english naturalist who traveled the southeast just before and during the American Revolution. He was the first to describe many native plants and animals in Georgia and Florida. Another interesting plant he describes was the papaya, I thought he was first talking about the paw paw, but he discribes a true papaya growing wild in north Florida.
I realize that the oranges were "feral" so to speak having been brought there by the spanish. I would be interested if anyone has any info on the types of oranges these might have been. The time period of his travels was during the "mini iceage" that lead to the delaware river freezing over and generally colder temperatures than we have now. Here is a link to some of his writings for those interested http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/bartram/bartram.html