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It Rained So Much in California That This Year’s Lemons Are Gigantic

  • Oversized fruit is less desirable, usually turned into juice
  • Grower Limoneira cuts its profit outlook for this year
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Photographer: Chris Warde-Jones/Bloomberg

When it rains, it pours oversized lemons.

Southern California got so much rain this year that the state’s lemons have become gigantic, and in a surprising twist, that’s bad news for Limoneira Co., one of the top producers. It turns out that bigger lemons are less profitable because they more often get turned into juice, rather than heading to grocery stores to be sold as fresh fruit.