The first citrus trees were planted in southern California’s bountiful mission gardens not long after the state was first settled in the late 18th century.
Throughout the 1800’s, citrus trees became more prolific in The Golden State. Orange groves popped up in what is now bustling downtown Los Angeles.
Fast forward 150 years and California is now the nation’s leading supplier of fresh oranges, lemons and mandarins. It is estimated that more than half of all California residences have a citrus tree on the property.
Citrus is part of California’s cuisine, landscape and economy. Commercially grown citrus contributes $3.3 billion in economic activity and employs more than 22,000 individuals in California.