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.
After Spain, Italy is the second largest EU producer of lemon. Sicily is the main lemon producing area, accounting for 86% of domestic production. The leading lemon varieties grown in the country are Femminello Siracusano, Lunario, Interdonato, Limone di Sorrento, and Limone di Procidaare. Italy’s lemon production is mostly destined for the fresh market. The 2017/18 production is forecast to remain flat. The market is in the grip of a tensesituation as the soaring fruit prices have put many processors into financial difficulties. There was a decline in production due to lastsummer’s drought. This has not helped ease prices, which hover at a steady high, despite extra efforts to compensate the lowvolume processed in the previous period.
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