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Lemon Production by State 2024

Lemon Production by State 2024

Lemons, with their vibrant flavor and versatility, hold a significant place in American cuisine and agriculture. The production of lemons spans several states across the country, contributing to both local economies and the nation's agricultural output. As one of the most widely cultivated citrus fruits, lemons are prized for their culinary uses, including flavoring beverages, seasoning dishes, and enhancing desserts.

The production of lemons involves a delicate balance of climate, soil conditions, and agricultural practices. States like California and Arizona boast ideal growing conditions for lemon cultivation, with ample sunlight, moderate temperatures, and well-drained soils. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), California dominates lemon production, accounting for approximately 51% of the total U.S. lemon crop, while Arizona contributes around 4%.

California stands out as the leading lemon-producing state in the United States, with over 800,000 tons harvested annually. The state's Mediterranean climate, particularly in regions like the Central Valley and Southern California, provides optimal conditions for lemon orchards to thrive. With extensive acreage dedicated to lemon cultivation and efficient farming practices, California remains a powerhouse in the citrus industry.

Moreover, lemon production has significant economic implications, creating employment opportunities and stimulating local economies. According to data from the California Citrus Mutual, the citrus industry, including lemons, contributes billions of dollars to the state's economy annually and supports thousands of jobs in farming, processing, and distribution.

Beyond meeting domestic demand, U.S.-grown lemons are a valuable export commodity, reaching international markets and contributing to trade revenues. The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service reports that the United States exports over 250,000 tons of lemons annually, with top export destinations including Canada, Japan, and the European Union.

Lemon Production by State 2024

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Lemon Production 2024 (tons)
United States836,000