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.
Lemon prices peaked in Italy at Euro 0.42/kg. Spain reported better yields with prices dipping around 3% to Euro 0.36/kg. Argentina remains dominant with a predicted bumper crop of 1.4 MMT. While Europe witnesses healthy exports, Argentina predicts higher exports to the USA; estimated to touch 250,000 MT. Overall, lemon prices are inflated by low availability and a robust fresh fruit market. Essential oil prices are unlikely to drop below Euro 38/kg.
Insufficient rainfall has resulted in smaller calibre fruit for the Primofiore lemon harvest. Consequently, this year’s processing is constrained by a reduced quantity and higher processing costs, likely to lead to higher prices for customers.
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