Mango harvested started in India.
Last week, the mango harvest started in certain areas in India. Like that, there is time enough for the natural riping process.
Especailly in the Rasjhahi region they are ready to be harvested. More than 100 tons will be harvested in a week time and exported soon to the rest of the world. More than 100 farmers in the region are harvesting them and this after an intensive training in non-toxic and safe mango harvesting. Due to its geographical position, weather and quality of the soil, mangoes ripen early in this region compared with other districts in the country.
Early spring with the first European stone fruits!
The stone fruit campaign just started in Spain, Sevillia.
The good weather conditions in Sevillia, combined with the cultivation of early varieties of nectarines, peaches and apricots makes it possible the customers in Europe to enjoy the first fruits from April .
This year, thanks to a dry and very cold winter, an abundant and qualitative flowering and a spring with much-needed rain, in Sevillia the harvest of the first yellow-fleshed peach began few days earlier.
Now the first fresh nectarines are already on the shelves in the supermarkets in Europe.
Pruning fruit trees in winter
By this time of the year we do not have harvest of fresh fruit in Europe but still the farmers have what to do to.
Now it is time for the winter pruning of the fruit trees like apples, pears, peaches or apricots. Winter pruning helps maintain the shape and balance trees on established frameworks. It removes weak, crowded and unhelpful growth and increases the vigour of the tree in the next growing season.
Without pruning, the trees can become straggly and less productive. Cutting back branches and shoots in the dormant season will concentrate sap flow in spring into fewer buds, resulting in strong growth.
Pruning also help the farmer to regulate and plan the number and the size of the fruit.
Camarosa strawberry coming
We are happy to announce that the strawberry season has started in Egypt!
The Camarosa strawberry has well-formed flat wedge-shaped fruits, that are very firm and large, with brilliant red colour and very flavourful taste.
Frozen Camarosa strawberries are available in several options - Whole Calibrated or Uncalibrated, in Slices, in Dices or in Halves & Chunks. Always best quality and price.
Ask for more information and price !
Globally about berries
Raspberries, blackberries and red currants continue to grow in popularity in most countries, with red currants lagging slightly behind the other two berries in some places. In Europe the demand is growing and the supply varies from local production to import from America and Africa at the same time the prices are growing as well. In South Africa, the growing interest in blueberries has increased the popularity of the segment as a whole, with raspberries and blackberries in particular seeing benefit from this. Heavy rains during the growing seasons in Mexico and Australia have had some effects on the volume and quality of berries, although the damage in Australia has been limited due to the protection of covered cultivation.
A traditional part of every holiday meal includes some type of cranberry dish. Regardless of how people choose to incorporate cranberries into their meal or traditions, we can say it is a much sought-after item for winter holidays. Unfortunately the cultivated cranberries are very sensitive to heat stress and the climate change with more extreme and hotter weather is a serious threat for the production of this red berry. That is why some U.S. researchers have recently started working to preserve cranberries’ production. The main goal of the research is to discover the potential of the wild cranberries genes that make them more resistant and use this genome segments to create new more resilient cranberry varieties.
Let’s talk about apples and pears!
September and October are peak picking months for apples and pears.
The top three European apple producers are Poland , Italy and France. Poland is also the 3rd producer globally after China at 1st position and USA – 2nd. This year the apple harvest is expecting to be good. The top apple varieties are Elstar in Netherlands and the cheaper polish Jonagold. The prices are expected to be more or less at the at the same level of last year.
This year is expected that the Netherlands will be Europe's top pear producer even though that the pear harvest is a bit disappointing. There are fewer pears on the bottom of the trees but enough on the tops. The less pears on the tree will result in bigger size.
In contrast, non-EU countries (China, Ukrain, Russia, US and Canada) are expecting somewhat larger pear harvests.
Serbian blueberry production and export on the rise
Blueberry plantations in Serbia have seen explosive growth in the past five years, and have reached 2,500 hectares in acreage, producing more than 6,000 tons and the acreage is still rapidly growing. Blueberry plantations are large and use the latest technology and practices in both production and trade.
This season was very favorable for blueberry producers and exporters, since in Serbia the blueberry harvest comes at least two weeks earlier than in other European countries. The value of exported blueberries in June and July was above 20 million euro.
The biggest global raspberry producers are: Russia, Mexico, Serbia and the United States. Poland takes 5th place with 9% in 2019. At the same time Poland is the leader among EU countries (51% share of production (2020 data)). Poland exports between 7-23 % of its fresh raspberry harvest and 41-73 % of frozen (based on the last 8 year overview).
This year raspberries season in Poland started 2 weeks later mainly due to bad weather conditions with prices 46% more expensive than at the beginning of last year’s season. Eventhough at the midd season the quantities increased, still the demand was higher than the supply so prices remained high. At the same time, over in Serbia, the raspberry season was in full swing – with high prices partially driven by demand for IQF fruit. However, temperatures were very high – reaching close to 40°C – which is causing fruits such as raspberries and sour cherries to stop ripening and occasionally dry up. Now close to the end of the season, it looks that it will finish like it started with extremely high prices based on lower quantities.
Raspberries are also difficult in 2021.
The crop of raspberries seems to be every year more and more complicated which of course result in higher prices.
In 2021, the demand for fresh market is very high in East-Europe as well and the available quantities are low. There is not much space for frozen raspberries. Especially frozen raspberries from Poland and Serbia are difficult to find. The industry is looking for alternative varieties and countries to source from.
It's the first time that Fruit Layer is offering it's customers raspberries from Bulgaria, and more specifically the Heritage variety. Prices for these raspberries are lower as the traditional Polana (from Poland) or Willamette (from Serbia) variety. On the other hand, the available quantities are not as high as in the other countries as cultivation of raspberries happens in Bulgaria on a smaller scale.
Reason for the low quanitites of raspberries in Poland or Serbia are late hailstorms which were destroying a part of this fragile fruits.