“It’s beginning to look a lot like…” citrus season.
December 3, 2010
When the more northern regions of the United States turn white with a blanket of snow, Florida turns orange from winter citrus production. During the 2007-2008 season, Florida accounted for 70 percent of the nation’s citrus production. This is an impressive accomplishment considering Florida’s experience with citrus diseases such as canker, greening and black spot. In order to keep Florida at the top of the nation’s citrus production, DPI works to keep citrus and citrus producers safe from diseases.
Many Floridians ship citrus fruits to their friends and family from their backyards or local groves during the holidays. Because Florida is battling citrus diseases, the USDA and FDACS/DPI are regulating the movement of citrus within and outside of the state.
In order to ship backyard citrus fruit out of state, homeowners should take their fruit to a commercial packinghouse certified by the USDA to decontaminate their fruit. All citrus fruit crossing the state line (in plane, train, car, by mail, etc.) must be accompanied by a USDA certificate. Fruit can be shipped freely within the state of Florida.
It is important to note that citrus fruit purchased from grocery stores still has to go through the same decontamination process as backyard citrus fruit, which means it still must be accompanied by a USDA certificate in order to leave the state. If you are interested in buying gift fruit from a business to send, make sure your fruit will be shipped with the USDA certificate from the business.
Also, please note that no citrus trees or citrus plant parts (excluding fruit) can be moved across state lines by mail or any mode of transportation.
There are six commercial packinghouses certified by the USDA to decontaminate homegrown fruit. Their contact information is below. If you have any questions, please contact our Citrus Helpline at 888-397-1517, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.W. Crisafulli Groves (Brevard)
5515 N Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island, FL 32953-7223
Details: Minimum of ½ bushel (4 gallons)
May Groves (N. Brevard)
1885 US Hwy 1 North
Titusville, FL 32796
Contact: Barry Gainer
Neukom Groves, Inc. (Pasco)
5409 Gall Blvd,
Zephyrhills, FL 33542-3929
Poinsettia Groves (Indian River)
1481 US Hwy 1
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Contact: Jeb Hudson
The Mail Center (N. Brevard)
3206 S Hopkins Ave
Titusville, FL 32780
The Orange Shop (Marion)
PO Box 125
Citra, FL 32113-0125