Citrus & Apricot

Citrus fruit trees have been known to thrive in Greece and particularly in the coastal parts of the country. A delicious and wholesome family of fruit, known to the Greeks of antiquity, as the myth of “Hesperides,” symbolizes the desire of the Greeks to gain these delicious and juicy fruits. Nowadays, the cultivation of citrus in Greece is highly developed and is also an increasingly popular export product.

The citrus family includes:
Oranges, Tangerines,Lemons, Grapefruit

Oranges

The most characteristic of citrus fruits comes from the tree scientifically referred to as Citrus sinensis. A fruit of very high nutritional value, due to its richness in vitamin C and A, oranges are can be an integral part of a well balanced diet. There are about 160 varieties of orange. Following are the most popular varieties in Greece along with their availability periods within the year:
“Navalines”: October to December
“Merlin”: January-May
“Valencia”: from April to October.

Tangerines

The tangerine, also known as mandarin, is the fruit of one of the smallest trees in the citrus family, the Citrus reticulata. The history of the fruit goes way back, tracing its origin to China, well over 3,000 years ago. It is said that this delicious fruit was named after the mandarins, powerful senior government officials of the Chinese empire, in honor of the color of their uniforms, but also because these fruit were often exchanged as gifts on momentous occasions like the Chinese New Year because they were traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune.
It is available from November to late March. There are several varieties of tangerine, many of which are derived from the cross between tangerines and other members of the citrus family.
The variety that has won over the majority of international consumers is named “Clementine”.
These are the most popular tangerine varieties along with their period of availability:
“Clementines”: November to January
“Ortanik”: February-March
“Minneola”: December to February
“Nova”: November to January

Grapefruit

The origins of this particular member of the citrus family to this day have yet to be clearly determined, even its rather late appearance. In any case, the grapefruit is the result of the cross between the original Jamaican sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) and the Indonesian pomelo (Citrus maxima), although closer in appearance to the former. Truth be told, the grapefruit would not exist today if Captain Shaddok, governor of an English ship, had not brought over pomelo seeds to Jamaica back in 1693.
While the grapefruit is the “youngest” member of the citrus family, its name is even “younger” by comparison! In fact, it was a 19th century naturalist that noticed that the fruits of the tree grew in bunches, much like grapes, and hence the name in English, grapefruit. Grapefruits are available from October to April.

Lemons

Lemons are produced by a hybrid member of the citrus family known as Citrus limon. The fruit is used mainly for juice, although most of the flesh as well as the skin can be utilized, especially in cooking.
Apparently, lemons are the first citrus fruit to be introduced in the wider Mediterranean region. Depictions of citrus trees can be found in Roman mosaics in North Africa, but the first clear description of a lemon is encountered in the early 10th century treatise on agriculture by the Arab scholar Al-Rum Koustus. Lemons are available all year round.

Citrus Production

The production process begins with receipt of the product; at this point the first round of quality control takes place and is followed by the weighing of the produce. Then the product is stored in cold rooms, in keeping with the principle of FIFO.
The washing and drying of the products comes next, followed by the waxing, depending on the requirements of each client. The professional staff takes over the sorting process and then separation by size ensues by means of automated machinery. Finally the product is packed by hand or by the state-of-the-art equipment available at our facilities.
Packaging varies according to the individual needs of each of our clients.

Packaging

Memos S.A. has over the years amassed the necessary experience as well as integrated the latest technological advances in packaging in order to be in the unique position to offer any kind of packaging for any fruit, tailor made to fit the specific needs of each client.
We have many different ways to pre-package all of our products such as cartons, nets, bags, Girsac and more, all of which are applied by specialized micro-packaging equipment. Any form of packaging selected can be branded according to the clients wishes bearing a brand name or logo. Additionally, all packaging can be fitted with adhesive labels bearing barcodes if the client so chooses.
Finally, all packages are contained either in single use pallets or Europallets, depending on customer preferences.

Apricot

The apricot is the fruit of the Prunus Armeniaca tree. Its origins can be traced back to China and has been cultivated as a fruit tree for well over 4,000 years. This fleshy and succulent fruit is sweet in tasty, and ranges in color from bright yellow to deep orang. It is rich in vitamin A and also contains vitamins C, B1, B2 as well as naturally occurring natural sugars. Apricots are also very rich in fiber.
The Greek “Diamantopoulou” variety produces some of the world’s most delicious apricots. In addition they are extremely fragrant. However, the most common variety in Greece is called “Bempekou”. These apricots are larger in size but not as fragrant and sweet as the”Diamantopoulou” variety.

Indicatively, some of the most popular varieties (and their availability periods) are:
“Early Bearing”: May - June
“Aurora”: May – June
“Tirynthian”: June
“Nymphian”: June
“Bempekou”: June-July
“Diamantopoulou”: June-July.

Our company has been cultivating the “Diamantopoulou” variety on a privately owned, 40-acre estate, for over five years now with great success, utilizing all the latest integrated farming methods, complete with Globalgap certification.

Production Process
1. Receipt.
2. Control.
3. 1st Sorting, by hand & at the same time automated separation, based on size.
4. 2nd Sorting, during the Packaging Process.
5. Packaging is customized according to the client’s choice & needs.
6. Packages are contained in palettes, laced with hoops and angles, to ensure maximum security during transport.
7. End Product is chilled at +2 o C