Lemon oil from all corners of the world is one of Ultra’s core products.
Lemon has a place in 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.
Lemon oil is obtained by cold expression or steam distillation of lemon's peel.
As the 6th largest producer of lemons globally South Africa is not always considered a large contributor, especially for oil, yet it proves to be very consistent and reliable. Total production throughout the 2013/14 season reached 270,000 MT with almost 60,000 MT sent for processing. That is approximately 25% more than the previous year for oil production. South Africa can be very versatile when it comes to how many fresh fruits are sent for processing and so is capable of being in or out of the oil market as and when it is more commercially attractive to do so.
According to USDA, the production of lemons is estimated to marginally increase by 1% to 625,000 MT in the 2020/21 MY, from 619,522 MT in the 2019/20 MY and this is because of an increase in the area planted. The increase was expected to be higher but drought in part of the growing region offset the increase.
Lemons and limes for processing will increase by 1% to 139,000 MT in the 2020/21 MY, from 138,000 MT in the 2019/20 MY, because of the increase in production.
The exports of lemons and limes is estimated to increase by 1% to 461,000 MT from 457,886 MT in the 2019/20 MY, based on the increase in production, and growth in demand from the Middle East and Asian markets.
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