Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil

Citrus limon (L.) Burm. F.

Lemon oil, a core product of Ultra, is obtained through cold expression or steam distillation of lemon peels. It finds diverse applications, from culinary uses like soft drinks and marmalade to household cleaning products for its disinfecting and grease-removing abilities. In aromatherapy, it enhances moods and exhibits anti-bacterial properties in medicinal applications. Top global fresh lemon producers are China, India, and Mexico, while oil production centers around Italy, Spain, Argentina, USA, and South Africa. Argentina’s increasing lemon volumes, reaching 900,000 MT since 2000, contribute significantly to the market, though the 2014 crop disaster had a major impact on the global market.


Lemon oil is a core product for Ultra and is obtained through cold expression or steam distillation of lemon peel. Beyond its culinary uses in soft drinks, cocktails, and marmalade, lemon oil is a versatile ingredient found in household cleaning products due to its disinfectant, deodorizing, and grease-removing properties.

In aromatherapy, lemon oil is used to enhance moods and promote a sense of upliftment. It also possesses anti-bacterial properties, making it valuable in various medicinal applications. The oil’s fresh and zesty note makes it a popular choice in perfumery, where its high volatility ensures a strong and vibrant fragrance.

Despite not being traditional oil-producing countries, China, India, and Mexico are the top three lemon producers globally, accounting for over 40% of the world’s production. However, Italy and Spain in Europe, Argentina and the USA in the Americas, and even South Africa are now associated with lemon oil production.

Argentina has emerged as a significant player in the lemon oil market, experiencing substantial growth in processed lemon volumes over the past four decades. With an average annual volume of 860,000 MT of fresh lemons processed in the past five years, Argentina’s contribution to the global market is crucial.

However, Argentina’s 2014 crop disaster had a profound impact on the global market, and its recovery is still ongoing. With Argentina contributing approximately 10% of the global fresh lemon fruit market, any crop-related challenges can significantly affect the availability and pricing of lemon oil worldwide.

In conclusion, lemon oil is a versatile and in-demand product with applications in culinary, cleaning, aromatherapy, perfumery, and medicinal fields. The contributions of countries like Argentina are essential in meeting global demands, and any disruptions in their production can have widespread implications for the lemon oil market.

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