Specialty citrus continues growth pattern

10/24/2013 04:43:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Blood oranges are another seasonal favorite, available from December until mid-April, she said.

SunWest Fruit Co. Inc., Parlier, Calif., expects its clementines and mandarins to be up in volume this season, said salesman John Senn.

The company expects to kick off its season the second week of November.

Sequoia Orange Co. in Exeter, Calif., expects a large crop of melogolds to start Nov. 11, said Ross Bailey, sales manager.

The company is a major melogold shipper, he said, and will have excellent quality fruit until mid-February.

The melogold is a hybrid grapefruit that has such a high brix level that you don’t have to add to add sugar, said Sequoia president James Wilson.

The company exports about 95% of its melogolds to Japan and Korea.

“We would like to expand it to the domestic market,” he said.

Cecilia Packing will kick off its Sky Valley Ranch navel heirloom program of Old Line Washington Navel Oranges the first of January, Jacobson said.

The Sky Valley navel oranges were planted using sour orange root stock, commonly used in the first half of the 20th century but seldom used anymore because it is susceptible to disease and production issues, Jacobson said.

The fruit will be available until the end of March.

The company also will start shipping Dimples brand mandarins in April and blood oranges from late December through February.


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