Australians buying more sweet, juicy Aussie citrus
Australian consumers can look forward to sweet tasting, juicy oranges and mandarins this season, in addition to local lemons, limes and grapefruit.
Research on this season’s flavour profiles conducted by Citrus Australia has revealed dry conditions last year leading into this season’s harvest, which is underway in all states, has led to sweeter, juicier fruit.
Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock said this was great news for all Australians.
“There are fresh, Australian grown, juicy oranges and mandarins, and really flavoursome lemons, limes and grapefruit in stores across the country now,” Mr Hancock said.
“All citrus varieties are packed with Vitamin C, which helps boost your immunity against colds and flu leading into the winter.
“One orange, mandarin or lemon contains your entire daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, as well as antioxidants and fibre necessary for a healthy body.”
Retailers have reported strong sales of all citrus varieties this year and Mr Hancock attributed this to the taste, nutritional value and versatility of the fruits.
“We know kids love snacking on mandarins. They are easy to peel, seedless and naturally sweet. Parents can be assured that one ‘mandy’ a day will meet their child’s recommended Vitamin C requirements,” Mr Hancock said.
“Oranges provide another great snack for the family. The peelable skin can be easily removed at home and simple orange slices are easy to snack on.
“Add them to your weekly shop, citrus is great in the fruit bowl or fridge at this time of year and they keep very well – that is, unless they’re eaten in the first few days.”
Mr Hancock said lemons and limes are becoming increasingly popular as natural flavours to add to hot and cold drinks, with many chefs also utilising lemon as an alternative to salt when cooking.
“Australian consumers have countless reasons why they love Australian grown citrus and they can be assured there will be plenty of high quality Aussie oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruit all year.
“Our growers and packers all around the country are working hard right now, picking the best fruit in the world and getting it to a store near you. It’s satisfying for them to see great demand and appreciation for Australian grown citrus.”