Aug 24, 2017

Orange boom

From fashion to energy - the rind and seeds of Sicily's most famous citrus fruit, the humble orange, are being used in a range of greener, healthier business initiatives. Sicilian farmers have always used orange rinds as animal feed or fertiliser. Output varies depending on the amount of oranges produced, and the firm expects to get through 22,000 tonnes of orange waste in 2017. Some of Sicily's fruit is sold fresh, including its famous blood oranges, with the rest turned into juices. In 2016, the amount juiced included some 140,000 tonnes of lemons, 100,000 tonnes of blonde oranges, 100,000 tonnes of blood oranges, 20,000 tonnes of green mandarins and 20,000 tonnes of matured mandarins.

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