The first South African Eureka lemons harvested in the 2017/2018 season have started arriving in growing numbers at local markets. The upshot of a dry summer is low citrus black spot. “The quality is looking really good; it’s a very clean harvest, but the dry summer has put some pressure on sizing. The lemons are currently peaking at sizes from 100 to 162, which are the preferred sizes for our markets. But there are a number of 189s and 216s which will go primarily for juicing or exported to markets for lower prices,” says Erwee Topham, marketing manager at Alliance Fruit in Hoedspruit. “Volumes are picking up strongly and in our production areas of Hoedspruit and Letsitele we’re fortunate in that about 70% of our fruit have a longer, oblong shape, preferred in the Far East. – Fresh Plaza

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