Lemon oil from all corners of the world is one of Ultra’s core products. It's obtained by cold expression or steam distillation of lemon peel.
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 South Africa.
Here's how the USA's lemon harvests and oil production performed in recent years.
|Production (1,000 MT)||800||835||771||827||755||806|
|Lemons for Processing||369||300||191||274||260||260|
*2014/15 Forecast as and at January 2015
on underneath those headline figures.
Droughts, wild fires and the imminent arrival of Argentinian lemons have been constant distractions to many, as has the fear that one day, Citrus Greening could hit the State.
Despite all these fears, the consistency in fruit production means that for the first time California can claim the rights of being the largest citrus producer in the USA, having produced 4 million boxes more citrus fruit in the 2016/17 campaign that that of its nearest rival, Florida.
Of course, most of this is down to the demise of the Florida industry due to Citrus Greening, which is why many fear it is only a matter of time before this major challenge reaches its doorstep and threatens a $2.5 billion industry!
The 2016/17 fresh fruit season finished 5% lower than the 2015/16 season. Today there aren’t any new offers coming from the USA producers, with many also saying that this next campaign will be down as much as 20%. These are unconfirmed reports as the first official data isn’t available until mid-January so expect more in our next updates.
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