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.
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|Lemons for Processing||369||300||191||274||260||260|
*2014/15 Forecast as and at January 2015
The USDA’s March lemon production forecast for 2018-19 is 21.4 million boxes (776,000 MT), a slight decrease from 2017-18 output of 22.4 million boxes (791,000 MT). The quantity of processed lemons is also predicted to fall slightly to 155,000 MT. California continues to dominate production with some 93.5% of lemon output with Arizona accounting for the remainder. Californian lemon producers have faced a difficult year as a result of a hot summer, natural disasters combined with rising freight rates. Nevertheless, California’s forecast production at 20 million boxes is only 1.2 million boxes below last year’s production.
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