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Ring fruit may help Texas citrus industry finish strong

All citrus growers know this is the time of year to start the holiday season tradition known as ring fruit. Ring fruit is an important part of the south Texas agricultural community this time of year.

There are different sized rings for different fruits. The fruit is used for gifts or for fundraisers by schools or FFA during the holiday season.

Dale Murden with Texas Citrus Mutual told "You're talking about the best of the best of the best fruit, because it's obviously going to somebody that you care about. It's gift fruit. So no blemishes, no scarring, perfect color, perfect size."

It does have a premium price, though it is only about one percent of the fruit coming off of these groves. However, after a huge loss suffered as a result of Hurricane Hanna in July, this could make some money back that has been lost.

Murden says that the hurricane cost 10-15 percent of the profit: "It'll help absolutely. It'll bring the better prices, the premium prices earlier in the season if we can get the size."

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