California valencias to kick off in mid-June

06/07/2013 12:39:00 PM
Tom Burfield

“We’ll be able to start in earnest in September,” he said, with a small gap with domestic lemons in August.

“Fruit sizing is a bit smaller this year due to the lack of rain and other conditions,” said Joan Wickham, manager of advertising and public relations for Sunkist Growers Inc., Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Sunkist expects to ship organic and conventional valencia oranges through early November.

The co-op should have organic and conventional star ruby grapefruit through July and summer marsh ruby grapefruit from late June through early October.

In the lemon category, Sunkist expects to have conventional and organic Eureka and Lisbon lemons and meyer lemons, all of which are available year-round.

Limited quantities of Zebra pink variegated lemons also are available year-round, and Sunkist has limited volume of seedless lemons at various times of the year.

Persian limes and key limes are available year-round.

Industrywide, lemon production increased in 2013 over 2012.

“The increase is primarily due to a recovery of the Arizona crop that was subject to a freeze between 2011 and 2012,” she said.


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