"Whoever has fruit who hasn't picked it, they will lose it tonight."
Most citrus farmers already had picked the majority of their satsumas and navel oranges for the season that started in November. But many farmers scrambled on Monday to grab the remainder of that fruit, which makes up the majority of Louisiana's citrus crop.
THE JUICE ON PLAQUEMINES PARISH CITRUS
Plaquemines Parish citrus often has a thinner skin and greener tint
The taste of Plaquemines citrus is less acidic and sweeter because of a higher brix, a measure of sugar content, than fruit from surrounding areas such as California and Florida. Most attribute the difference to the local soil's thickness - less sand - and the high humidity, hot days and cool nights.
The first citrus trees in Louisiana were planted by Jesuit priests in Plaquemines in early the early 1700s.
Of the roughly 800 citrus acres in Louisiana. Plaquemines has about 530.