Q. If there is a green tinge to
the skin of my fruit is it affected by the "Citrus Greening" disease
I have heard about?
The symptoms of citrus greening usually include a
blotchy mottle and leaf yellowing that spreads throughout the tree.
Fruit are sparse, small, abnormal in appearance and fail to
color properly, thus the name greening. It
is very obvious when fruit has been infected.
Courtesy of University
of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)
So why does my fruit have a green tinge to it?
A. Early in the
season you may find that the citrus is a little green around the
edges. Or you might see a few “wind scar” blemishes common to citrus
grown in Florida. But the proof is in the tasting. Peel
away the thin, slick, “zipper skin,” taste a section, and you’ll
discover the juiciest, sweetest, most delicious citrus fruit found
anywhere on earth.
Q. What is Citrus Canker?
A. Citrus canker is a
bacterial disease of citrus that causes premature leaf and fruit
Q. Is Canker harmful to humans?
A. No, citrus canker does
not harm humans, animals or plant life
other than citrus.
Q. Why can't homeowners ship
their yard grown fruit out of Florida?
A. They can, but they must ship through a
company. This is a USDA requirement. The fruit must be
processed by the shipping company and the USDA must inspect the
fruit to ensure that it is free of any infection. There are
very few companies in the state of Florida that are currently set up
to handle the yard grown fruit, so if you wish to ship yours you may
have a difficult time finding a company to ship it for you. The
Association shipping program is not set up to handle homeowners
fruit. Fruit arrives here already inspected and packed for shipping.
Q. Is Canker a form of cancer?
A. No. While the names are
similar canker and cancer have nothing in common. You
cannot get cancer from eating fruit from a canker infected tree.