Heat Damages Israel’s Esrog Crop


esrogimIsrael’s unusually extreme summer heat has seriously damaged this year’s esrog crop, growers say. Strong heat and winds caused many more of the fruit, one of the four species required for Sukkos to fall off trees prematurely, a grower told Haaretz.

In addition, while in most years 10 percent of the harvest is designated of highest quality, this year only 1 percent received the designation, another grower told Haaretz.

“People got used to very beautiful fruits in recent years, the consumers got used to very high standards,” grower Haggai Kirschenbaum of Moshav Yishrash, near Rechovot, told the newspaper. “But we can’t live up to those this year. I can’t recall a heat wave as severe. And it’s difficult to ask a lot of money for a fruit that isn’t pretty.”

Israel’s 15 large-scale etrog growers and numerous small-scale ones produce about 1.5 million of the citron fruits each year, of which 300,000 are exported.




  1. the esrog mocherim have not had a good crop since the days before sliced bread every year they make up a new story this year its the heat and last year it was that the shipment got stopped at the border when will they realize that they can charge whatever they want without a made up story

  2. finally someone is talking sense. you are one hundred percent right. The esrog mocherim have a monopoly and that is the bottom line. Hope they are having a beautiful yom tov!