California Citrus Industry
California’s unique combination of soil and climate come together to produce the highest quality citrus in the world. California growers supply over eighty percent of the nation’s fresh citrus and export to over sixteen foreign countries.
There are three distinct growing regions in California: the coastal region where most of the state’s lemons are grown; the desert region produces primarily grapefruit and lemons; and the San Joaquin Valley where 75% of the state’s citrus acreage is located, producing primarily oranges and mandarins.
We are Family Farmers
There are over 3,000 growers farming 270,000 acres of citrus in California. Family farms are the bedrock of the California citrus industry. It’s not unusual to find families producing navel oranges on trees that were planted by their grandfathers.