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Lemons/Lime Production in Australia (2019)

Lemons/Lime Production in Australia (2019)


Lemons/Lime Production in Australia (2019)


Lemons and limes are abundantly grown all across Australia. Moreover, it is majorly grown in Queensland. Also, a considerable amount of this fruit is produced in the Sunraysia and Riverland areas around the South Australian border.


As of June 2019:

  1. The supply per capita was estimated at 1.8 kg, based on the volume that was supplied.
  2. Forty-eight thousand two hundred thirty-two tonnes of this fruit was produced and valued at $115.7 million. Out of this amount, 9% was sent for processing and juicing.
  3. The wholesale value of the fresh supply was $142.2 million. $115 million was distributed into retail, and $27.4 million went into food service.
  4. 40% of Australian citizens purchased lemons/limes during their grocery trip. Thus, the average per shopping trip amounts to 638 grams.
lemons supply chain for australia

Major Lemons/Limes Production Area

More than half of all the lemons and limes are produced in Queensland. Nevertheless, some of the major growing regions are Mareeba, Bundaberg, and Burnett. Additionally, Lismore in New South Wales and Darwin in the northern territory are also famous for growing this fruit.

Lemons/Limes Production by State

lemons production by region

Lemons Health Benefits

These fruits are high in vitamin C, fibre, and various beneficial plant compounds. These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits. In fact, these fruits may support heart health, weight control, and digestive health. Animal studies show that the extract and plant compounds may promote weight loss, but the effects in humans are unknown. The juice may help prevent kidney stones. However, more quality research is needed.

Fresh Lemons/Limes International Trade

Australia is majorly known as a net importer of lemons/limes. In fact, an enormous amount of this fruit is imported from the United States. Nonetheless, exports have been tremendously increasing over the past two years.

lemons import and export australia

As of 2019, 34% of the fresh lemons/limes were sent across to Indonesia.

lemons export by country

Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)