2008 Wright and Kahn (Evaluation of Desert Lemons)

Evaluation of Lemon Selections for the Desert

For more than a century, California citrus has been a leader in the worldwide fresh fruit industry. One important component of the industry is the lemon. While many California lemons originate in coastal areas, or in the San Joaquin Valley, the first lemons of any new season, which begins in late August, come from the desert. However, the industry competes against other areas, such as Chile,Mexico and Spain, andmust maintain and increase market share by having a year-round volume of good quality fruit.