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S2:E5 | 6.20.2019

The OGs of America's Oranges

Every California navel orange you've ever eaten can be traced back to two trees in the front yard of Eliza Tibbet's Riverside, California home. This is the little known story of how an amateur farmer with utopian dreams launched an entire industry.

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Eliza Tibbets was ahead of her time. She was a suffragist, an abolitionist, held regular seances in her home, and lived in a utopian community. And in Riverside, California, she was also considered the unofficial queen of the orange industry. As local legend has it, every navel orange tree in the Golden state can be traced back to cuttings from the two parent trees in Eliza’s front yard. This is the little known story of how an amateur farmer with utopian dreams launched an entire industry.

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