Overall crop damage is largely hit or miss: individual farmers are sometimes devastated, but the state’s overall crop is still looking fairly robust for the 2018 harvest.
For the cherimoya trees in Carpinteria Valley, direct fire damage wasn’t the only culprit. Weeks after the fire threatened to engulf the hills, the delicate fruit, now in season, began dropping from the trees due to smoke damage.
Cherimoyas are a specialty fruit used infrequently in U.S. households, but 80 percent of the crop grown in the United States is harvested locally. Most of the fruit is destined for China and Japan, where it is considered a delicacy for its soft, pulpy texture and tropical flavour.