We ensure peak freshness and superb quality by completing this process in under 48 hours!
Timing is everything, especially with citrus farming. The harvest schedule at Schacht Groves is flexible, allowing for time shifts during the ripening process. The fruit is picked when it’s ready; not a day too soon or too late. Large packinghouses simply can’t afford to operate this way. We oversee the management of our own groves, so the high quality of our Indian River fruit is consistent from year to year.
What is it about the Indian River region that makes for such a delicious crop?
Citrus grown in California and Texas simply aren’t as sweet or as juicy as our highly-coveted Indian River citrus.
Don’t be fooled by the bright oranges and yellows of the citrus you find in the grocery store. Early in the season, it’s often picked green and the skin is treated with ethylene gas to bring out the bright colors.
Schacht Groves ships only Indian River fruit. Sweetness and juiciness are the only criteria for citrus.
On average, Schacht Groves citrus is 25% heavier and juicier than the same size fruit grown outside of Florida. Early in the season, you may find that the citrus is a little green around the edges or have a few “wind scar” blemishes common to Florida citrus. But, the proof is in the taste.
Peel away the thin, slick, “zipper skin,” taste a section, and you’ll discover the juiciest, sweetest, and freshest citrus around.