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.
October 2018 witnessed extreme damage to crops caused by heavy rains. However, it was fortuitous that lemon trees were relatively unaffected compared to other citrus varieties. The blood orange was seriously affected and the market continues to reel under the pressure of excess demand and low supply. The lemon crop achieved a normal 500,000 MT out of which around 100-150,000 MT is supplied for processing into oil. The Italian market is also subject to the dynamics of the fresh fruit sector; and industry fruit prices have risen to very high levels. This continues to pose a major hurdle for the domestic processors. Distillers and processors face stiff global competition from other regions that are offering significantly lower fruit prices. Italy is facing a challenge in terms of the current lemon crop. There is an acute shortage this summer as the farmers grapple with bouts of the black spot disease of citrus crops. Prices for the fresh fruit continue to be exorbitant; and this is one of the reasons that traders are turning to South American and South African supplies. Eastern Sicily farmers too are having a tough time dealing with the Mal Secco fungal disease that is plaguing the lemon harvest. Coupled with unfavourable climate changes in the region with low temperatures and strong winds, the news of lemon production is not too reassuring.
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