University of California, Riverside

Citrus Collection Gifts


About the Citrus Collection

  • UCR Fresh Citrus Collection Late Harvest Olive Oil
  • UCR Fresh Citrus Collection California Balsamico Bianco, a light and zesty balsamic vinaigrette
  • UCR Honey Balsamico Bianco, a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette

UCR Citrus Collection Bottles

The UCR Citrus Collection is carefully curated assortment of gourmet products featuring the distinctive — and often unique — flavors of the UC Riverside campus.

Our initial offerings include three flavored olive oils — each starts with locally grown, sustainably harvested olives from the Temecula Olive Oil Company, hand-pressed using traditional methods to produce full, fresh, flavorful 100% extra virgin olive oil.

The Late Harvest and California Balsamico Bianco oils are then mixed with citrus species from the UCR Citrus Variety Collection, some only found on the UCR campus. The Honey California Balsamico Bianco oil is mixed with honey harvested from research colonies housed in various locations on the UCR campus.

Initially, our products will be offered exclusively to friends and supporters of UC Riverside. Long term, we plan to make our product line available for purchase online. Watch this space for future announcements.

UCR Citrus Collection

A (Very) Brief History of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection

The UCR Citrus Experiment Station and its Citrus Variety Collection were established in Riverside in the early 1900s to support the needs of the developing citrus industry in Southern California. Over the years, the world-renowned Citrus Experiment Station became the foundation of the University of California Riverside campus and has remained at the forefront of agricultural research, and especially citrus research.

Today UCR has expertise in many disciplines, yet the Citrus Variety Collection, consisting of more than 1,000 different citrus cultivars and species from around the world, remains one of the premier citrus germplasm collections in the world and a valuable university resource.  As a leader in sustainable global food and entomology research, UCR continues to produce unique fruits and flavor ingredients not found elsewhere in North America, as well as some developed at UCR.  A unique sampling can be found in our products.

History of UCR's Citrus Collection


Orange Roots: Special Citrus Event at UCR

Special Citrus Event at UCR

“Orange Roots: The Remarkable Story of Two Trees, a Pioneer Town, and the University of California, Riverside” is a new exhibition at the Tomás Rivera Library.

The exhibition will feature photographs, historical documents, and other memorabilia from the UCR Library Special Collections & University Archives, the UCR Citrus Variety Collection, the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, and the Riverside Public Library.

The exhibit runs through June 2017.


A Recipe for Success

How did a noted plant scientist and the wife of the UCR Chancellor team up to create a line of artisan treats infused with citrus flavors? Turns out, it’s a very tasty story. Click here to read more.

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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