JUICY DAYS: Citrus farmer Les Darrow, on his farm on the Burnett river, near of Gayndah, QLD. Picture: Contributed
JUICY DAYS: Citrus farmer Les Darrow, on his farm on the Burnett river, near of Gayndah, QLD. Picture: Contributed

Dry season to thank for strong citrus sales

RESEARCH on this season’s flavour profiles conducted by Citrus Australia has revealed dry conditions last year has led to sweeter, juicier fruit.

Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock said this was great news for all Australians.

“There are fresh, Australian grown, juicy oranges and mandarins, and really flavoursome lemons, limes and grapefruit in stores across the country now,” Mr Hancock said.

Retailers have reported strong sales of all citrus varieties this year and Mr Hancock attributed this to the taste, nutritional value and versatility of the fruits.

Lemons and limes are becoming increasingly popular as well, with many chefs also using lemon as an alternative to salt when cooking.

“Australian consumers have countless reasons why they love Australian grown citrus and they can be assured there will be plenty of high quality Aussie oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruit all year,” he said.

“Our growers and packers all around the country are working hard right now, picking the best fruit in the world and getting it to a store near you.

“It’s satisfying for them to see great demand and appreciation for Australian grown citrus.”