ROME: This past weekend saw the arrival of the first shipments of Italian specialty citrus to the East Coast for the 2018 season, just in time for spring promotions. Container loads of Sorrento Lemons and Tarocco blood oranges shipped directly from Italy into the Port of New York are expected to continue through April and into May.
John Vena, Inc. has been importing and handling Italian citrus for more than a decade. John Vena, President of John Vena, Inc., is thrilled to see another season off to such a strong start. “Italian citrus is a part of who we are. Since my first visit to our Tarocco blood orange growers in Sicily in 2007, I’ve known this is a special product. Now it just wouldn’t be spring without Taroccos and limoncello.”
Tarocco blood oranges are a unique variety not to be confused with the Moro blood orange typically grown in California. Grown exclusively by family farming operations on the volcanic plains surrounding Sicily’s Mt. Etna with optimal Mediterranean weather and fertile soil.