Have you wondered how the cold weather affects the Florida citrus industry? We took those questions straight to Sun Harvest Citrus Grove in Fort Myers to see how they cope.
Citrus growers told us the cold actually helps their produce. That's because the lower temperatures react with the fruit to brighten their color. Citrus groves actually need the colder weather to make their fruit look better. One grower we spoke to says, it won't affect the fruit negatively until the weather gets to about 25 degrees below freezing. He also says their groves are located in Vero Beach, so it's a little warmer there.
You can check out Sun Harvest for yourself. They're open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun Harvest is located at 14601 6 Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers. While there you can try some of their fresh squeezed juice, soft serve ice cream or fruit smoothies. Sun Harvest also gives out taste tests so you can try some of their different citrus fruits and fruit juices.
If you can't squeeze in a visit, you can also order online, here.