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.
This year’s lemon production remained the same as that of 2018. Last year, the crop was at around 500,000 MT. Going by past trends, usually 20 to 30% of the total crop is earmarked for the processing industry. This time, demand for the fresh market has dropped significantly. The Italian oil industry, which is largely influenced by the dynamics of the fresh fruit sector, saw a corresponding rise in availability of processed lemons. Lemon oil prices last year fetched much better prices compared to this year.
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