Apr 03, 2017
Today we have a question that totally stumped me and my research skills, such as they are. From Grayling Willer:
"We bought a bag of those little oranges known as clementines, each having a sticker identifying it's origin- I thought. These stickers say Alaska. It's hard for me to picture a citrus grove in Alaska. Do you have any information that might help explain?"
Grayling, thanks for the challenge. To be honest, my first reaction was "This can't be right," followed by I'll bet the label had "AL" for Alabama on them, which he has mistaken for Alaska.
At my request he sent me the sticker: I apologize for the size, but if I enlarge it any more it gets too fuzzy to read. But a small orange fruit in the doorway of an igloo with the word Alaska overhead sure looks to me like a clementine from our largest state.
I can find no information about clementines grown in Alaska, but obviously they are. I am almost certain from what I could uncover that they are grown in greenhouses, but how the heck could they do that economically enough to ship them down to the lower 48 and compete with the California citrus industry?
So customer support is going to call this an utter failure on my part. If anybody else out there can give us a clue, Grayling and I would appreciate it.