It seems that we frequently report on crop problems, but this is the nature of farming which is being acerbated by climatic changes. Happily, the Egyptian lemon and grapefruit crops look good for 2018. The harvest is well under way and the first shipments will arrive in the UK in about 3 weeks.
The harvest is 2 months earlier than Spain and other Mediterranean countries. The acreage of a farm can be up to 250,000 acres but 10,000 acres is normal. The lemons are going to ‘juicers’ with some reserved for ‘table’ lemons. Egypt mainly sell to the Gulf, Russia and Europe.
The fruit we process is all handpicked and then transported to our processing area to the north of Cairo.