Florida citrus growers are reporting their sweetest, juiciest citrus crop in years. This year’s crop of Florida oranges, Florida grapefruit, and Florida tangerines has been characterized by exceptional flavor and, in many citrus varieties, slightly larger fruit sizes. Many Florida citrus growers have also reported larger crop sizes this season.
More than 75% of the U.S. orange crop and 40% of the world’s orange juice supply is provided by Florida citrus growers. Even this month’s overnight cold snap which dropped temperatures into the 20s in some parts of Florida’s citrus belt is not expected to make much of a dent in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. According to meteorologists, the freeze affected approximately 25% of the Florida citrus belt. Industry spokesmen told Reuters news service that they did not expect the freeze to impact this year’s citrus production. The extent of any weather-related damage will not be fully known until the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases its next crop estimate.
If you haven’t tried our incredibly honey-sweet Florida Honeybell tangelos, you still have a few days to place your order. Only available during the month of January, our final Honeybell shipments will go out next week (February 6, 2012). Place your Honeybell order on FloridaOrange.com today so you don’t miss this delicious, taste-tempting Florida citrus treat.