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National Sunkist Citrus Day on March 1st honors the rich history of California citrus, recognizes the legacy of multi-generational, family-owned Sunkist citrus farms, and celebrated the many health and wellness benefits that Sunkist citrus provides.
  • 1893
    The Southern California Fruit Exchange is born, uniting regional growers to sell and market citrus together. Growers rejoice.
  • 1908
    The Exchange gives their high-quality, fresh California citrus a name. And that name is Sunkist.
  • 1952
    The California Fruit Exchange officially changes its name to “Sunkist Growers,” as the moniker becomes forever linked to high-quality citrus.

  • 1969
    Sunkist introduced the iconic lollipop logo with fruit and sprouting leaves. In 2020, the lollipop returned by popular demand.
  • 2022
    Sunkist launches the Peel Good Citrus® tagline and debuts a new citrus character, Cali™ – the Sunkist California mandarin.

  • 2023
    The super sweet Sunkist Legacy Heirloom Navel oranges celebrate the Legacy of the cooperative and generations of family farmers.
    Sunkist is the longest-standing co-op in the U.S.
The Finch Family
The Finch Family has been growing citrus for six decades in Ojai, a magical place known around the world for its steep coastal mountains, cool, windless evenings and a growing climate perfectly suited for some of the most delicious citrus on the market today: the Ojai Pixie tangerine and the Golden Nugget variety mandarin.
The Villicana Family
With a love of farming and an abiding respect for Mother Nature, the Villicana Family represents a new generation of Sunkist citrus growers: those who start as laborers in the orchards and grow to eventually own their own citrus farms.
The Lyall Family
When Warren Lyall’s son Andy convinced him to install solar panels to power the farm’s irrigation system, he wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out. Today, the solar field generates enough energy to cover 80% of the farm’s electric bill – and even returns power to the grid to help sustain the surrounding community.
The Kariya Family
As a child Laurie Kariya knew that growing up on a citrus farm in the beautiful Pauma Valley community was special. But she never really understood just how special her neighbors and fellow citrus farmers were until she returned to run the family farm in 2012 – and they all came out to help.
The Laux Family
With a deep passion for growing citrus enjoyed around the world, Gary Laux farms today with his 85-year-old father, Don, while passing along decades of knowledge to his nephew Matt, a young citrus grower learning the family business.
The Donlon Family
One of Ventura County’s pioneering farming families, the Donlons have been growing citrus in these gently rolling coastal hills since the turn of the 19th century. It’s that legacy that leads Sunkist growers Jane Donlon Waters and son Ned to share a special bond with land passed down for generations.
The Leavens Family
Sunkist grower Link Leavens, along with his cousin, Dave, and sister, Leslie, trace their family’s farming lineage back to the early 1900s, when their grandfather moved the family to one of the region’s first farm houses near Santa Paula and began farming the surrounding citrus groves.
Sue Caughey
Inspired by the challenges of growing the latest citrus varieties, Sunkist grower Sue Caughey takes advantage of the perfect growing conditions of coastal Ventura County to grow the innovative fruits of tomorrow’s marketplace.
The Bozick Family
Growing up in the dry heat of Southern California’s inland deserts, Nick Bozick remembers the long, hot summers of his youth, and became determined to harness that intense desert sun to generate solar power to help fuel the family’s half-century-old citrus growing operation.
The Woodman Family
As an original post-WWII homesteader in undeveloped Yuma, Bob Woodman’s father pioneered citrus farming in the now-fertile Arizona mesa. Today, Bob and his son, Tyler, farm in the family tradition, using the same techniques that have yielded quality citrus fruit for decades.
The Curtis Family
Rocky Curtis was just a kid when he began helping out his father around the family’s citrus farm, one of the 12 Curtis siblings raised among the vast lemon groves in this Arizona border town. Rocky’s son, Kyle, works alongside him in the groves today, bringing fresh ideas to a multi-generational farming operation.

Sunkist is made up of 1,500+ citrus grower members across California and Arizona today
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Here are some ways you can celebrate citrus on National Sunkist Citrus Day and throughout the year.
 Learn about the different varieties of citrus.
Share your favorite citrus recipe or wellness hack and give Sunkist a shout-out on social media using #NationalSunkistCitrusDay

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Head to your local grocery store and purchase a variety of citrus products and have a tasting party with your friends.
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Navel Oranges

  • Refreshingly sweet and juicy, seedless and easy to peel
  • An excellent source of vitamin C (90% of your daily value!)
  • California and Arizona harvest November – June; globally sourced from July – October
  • All the good stuff: Fiber. Folate. Gang’s all here.
  • None of the bad: zero fat, cholesterol or sodium to see here.

In season year-round

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Blood Oranges

  • Orange to red-blushed exterior and deep maroon interior
  • Distinct, rich orange taste with hints of raspberry
  • An excellent source of vitamin C (80% of your Daily Value!)
  • Contains vitamin C, fiber, folate, and thiamin!

In season December through June

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Cara Cara Oranges

  • Extremely sweet and seedless
  • Pink inside due to the natural presence of lycopene
  • Provides 100% of your daily vitamin C requirement – the most of any Sunkist citrus variety
  • Contains key nutrients like folate, fiber, and potassium

In season December through May

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  • Crisp aroma and distinct tangy flavor
  • Two of the most common lemons, Eureka and Libson, are virtually indistinguishable from each other
  • A great source of vitamin C
  • A healthy substitute for salt, adding flavor without adding sodium

In season year-round

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  • Our red and pink grapefruit varieties have distinct flavor profiles, but each one is sweet-tart and extremely juicy
  • Some varieties include California Star Ruby and Marsh Ruby
  • These varieties get their color from lycopene, a natural antioxidant
  • Eating grapefruit may play a supporting role in healthy body weight

In season year-round

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  • Sweet, seedless, easy to peel and a great on-the-go snack
  • An excellent source of vitamin C (80% of your recommended daily value!)

Clementines are in season mid-October through December and California W. Murcotts are available January through mid-May

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Minneola Tangelos

  • A cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine, with a distinctive knob-formation at the stem
  • Extremely juicy with a bold tangy flavor
  • An excellent source of folate (80% of daily value) and vitamin C (60% of daily value)
  • Have a super unique flavor that’s bold, juicy, and perfectly tangy

In season mid-December through April

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Ojai Pixie Tangerines

  • These tangerines may have a small size, but they have a massive sweetness
  • Two tangerines per serving size
  • Contains vitamin C and potassium

In season March through May