High daytime temperatures in Citrusdal, Western Cape have been broken by a few days of rain, lifting spirits and lowering temperatures needed for colouring, especially on navels which are two to three weeks late. The navel harvest has started in some Citrusdal orchards; others report that they’re going to “pick like crazy” to get fruit off as soon as they’ve sufficiently coloured up. The soft citrus season started around six weeks ago in Citrusdal with satsumas, which were well-received by the British market, followed by early clementines of excellent quality and size distribution, even if volumes are 5% to 10% down. Lemons in Citrusdal have coloured up quickly and the harvest started more than a month ago and is expected to run for another ten weeks or so.  The fruit quality is very good and the harvest is up on last year, some say, when the effect of the drought was more noticeable. – Fresh Plaza

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