Fruit Farming in South Africa

Lemons, known for its yellow outer layer and sour flavour, are one of the most important citrus fruits grown in South Africa. Lemon trees are cultivated across the country and key production areas include the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Limpopo.

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Eureka is the most planted variety in South Africa.

During winter (from late May to August in South Africa) lemons in South Africa are harvested and exported to various countries, most notably the United Kingdom.

The lemon is a popular fruit in many households due to its long list of health benefits and usefulness in the kitchen. This hardy citrus fruit is usually not consumed in its natural form (the way one would an orange) but can be used in juices, sauces, sweet and savoury dishes and other beverages. 

By Carla Lottering

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