Lemon oil from all corners of the world is one of Ultra’s core products.
Lemon has a place in so many culinary uses from soft drinks and cocktails to marmalade. However, it can also be used and found in household cleaning products since it can disinfect, deodorise, remove grease and dissolve wax and grime to name but a few uses.
Lemon is also used in aromatherapy to enhance moods and can be used for its anti-bacterial properties in other medicinal applications. In fragrances it gives a fresh uplifting and zesty note to any perfume, as it is highly volatile.
Interestingly the three top producers of fresh lemons in the world are not the countries we would associate with oil production; the top 3 being China, India and Mexico, which account for over 40% of the world production.
Today we associate lemon oil production with Italy and Spain (Europe), Argentina and USA (Americas) and even South Africa who are themselves small producers on the global scale.
Italy is Europe's third largest producer of lemons, behind Turkey and Spain. Their winter season runs from November until January and their summer season from April until July. Sicily produces 86% of Italian lemons. Femminello Commune (53%), Monachello (10.2%), and Zagara Bianca (23.5%) are the main lemon varieties grown in Italy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust lemon and all other citrus fruit into the limelight. Consequently, demand has also soared. There are no carryover stocks but early indications are good and market forecasts paint a favourable picture of the lemon crop. Last season’s crop was 30 to 40% lower and prices high but stable. The market is looking at a robust lemon crop, provided weather continues to remain favourable and conducive to a healthy crop. Harvesting has just begun with smaller volumes but all eyes are on the weather. If all goes well, the peak of the season is yet to come with better volumes. There is some trepidation that the new lockdown may hamper harvesting operations and that much of the harvest will be channelised into the fresh fruit market following increased demand. If this happens, prices will skyrocket and disrupt the equilibrium.
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