Meyer is the popular choice among the early lemons in the domestic market due to its soft and easy to squeeze form and high juice content. Meyer can be harvested as early as beginning of August for sale in Turkey. The fruit is characteristically small, mostly abundant in 45mm-65 mm. Although the fruit size is small, Meyer has a thin, shiny skin, producing an extremely attractive appearance. One down side is that it needs delicate handling at the packing stage as it is vulnerable to damages resulting from intensive degreening.Available week 35 through week 52, our recommended period for export is between week 42 and week 52.
Interdonato has low juice content, thick skin, but has long shelf life and performs really well in long period transportation. It can travel easily to markets in 4-5 week distance. As it is the better export performer among the early lemon varieties, Interdonato draws major interest from lemon buyers all over the world. The Interdonato tree, however, is highly sensitive to cold temperatures therefore yield per season is extremely volatile causing major speculations in price and quantity. Abundant sizes differ from year to year.Available week 38 through week 52, our recommended period for export is between week 39 and week 48.
Lamas is the late season variety available to harvest from week 49 through as late as week 15. It is much more stable in price and quantity than Interdonato because the crop is less affected from adverse climate conditions in spring and summer, and market dynamics are better established at harvest time. The first Lamas harvest is stored in caves around Cappadocia and kept for the domestic sales in May, June, July, and August until the start of Meyer harvest. Abundant sizes differ from year to year.Recommended period for export is week 49 through week 11.