Updated: Aug 30
Fort Myers, Florida’s little gem of a citrus juice establishment is Sun Harvest
For the last 30 years, my family has been visiting one orange juice establishment in Florida known as Sun Harvest Citrus. Sun Harvest Citrus erected a packing and retail facility in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1990. My family’s running joke is that we equate this to a similar juice-making business from the north that processes apples called cider mills. I wrote an article about them here:
In a way, Sun Harvest Citrus is the cider mill of the south but for oranges. Of course, instead of processing cider, they produce juice from a range of citrus fruits. The range of oranges is pretty extensive, and not unlike apples, the season is limited, ranging from November to April for the optimum growing season.
As this is a mainstay on our places to visit in Florida, the first thing on our shopping list is buying a few half gallons of certain juices. Yes, they have your typical orange and grapefruit juices available as expected. We always opt for the Strawberry Orange and Cranberry Orange variety. There is a juice bar for in-store tasting available for those who can’t wait to bring them home and want to try what is available.
While here, try out these fantastic Honeybell oranges (pictured below). These fruits are named after their ‘bell” shape. Quick Fact from orangesonline.com:
Honeybells are actually not oranges! They’re a cross between the Dancy tangerine, one of the oldest citrus varieties grown in Florida, and a Duncan Grapefruit, which is a sweet but seedy grapefruit no longer widely grown. These unique “parents” give the honeybell a fantastic, sweet, vivid flavor, good size and an abundance of juice. And yes, some say there’s a hint of “honey.”
Not to be forgotten, you can try all of the available fruit before you buy.
In addition to all things citrus, Sun Harvest is also well-stocked with gourmet foods, tropical wines, home decor, and a plethora of Florida-related things. Come for the juice, but leave with a treasure trove of other supplies. I dare you to leave here with just one item!