When LA gives you lemons, make lemonade
Ever since real estate magnates started hawking the region as a veritable Eden during its heyday, citrus and LA have remained synonymous. Given that the climate allows citrus to flourish year round, lemon trees have become a fixture throughout the city. Essentially every neighborhood houses at least one overflowing lemon, lime or orange tree, if not multiple. All this citrus bounty is (literally) rooted in a handful of trees at the Mission San Gabriel, established in 1771 in Alhambra. During the Gold Rush, when scurvy became an issue, the mission's navel orange trees provided seeds for booming groves that encompassed much of modern-day Downtown Los Angeles. So, for the original LA orange, pop by the Mission's gardens. Or, forage the remnants of the Gold Rush groves throughout the historic residential areas that encircle Downtown, like Elysian Heights, where lamp posts still double as hitching posts and lemon trees are as ubiquitous as Carroll Street's signature Victorian architecture. Why run to the grocery store when a recipe or drink demands one? Step outside, reach up and pluck.