Israeli citrus season is in full swing. Demand for grapefruits of first and second class is slightly increasing. This year 2 class are more popular than in the past – the price tag and looks are very close to the Turkish grapefruit, but the Israeli surpasses it in taste and storage parameters. Continue reading Peak of Israeli citrus season
The second half of last season stood out intense and the season lasted longer than we expected. For the better, as they say. Also, I was busy with other projects, some of which I hope will bear fruit (pun intended) in the coming months, and one of them you can already see here (opens in new window).
And now – closer to the subject. The new export season can already be considered open. As always, it opened with pomegranates – we will not consider the summer season of exotic fruits, which little by little are going mainly on the EU market. Continue reading Israel. What to expect from 2011-2012 season?
Preparations for the new season are on their way and last week we paid a visit to one of our citrus growers.
Due to his unique location, all the crops are one of the earliest in Israel. The plantation isn’t big but has a wide selection of citrus fruit Continue reading Israel. Photo report from citrus plantation
I’ve been asked several times about the difference between various late varieties of Israeli mandarins, so I’ve decided to put this small comparison of 3 of the late varieties: Mandor, Murcott and Orri (Or). There are a couple of more varieties available during March and sometimes into first weeks of April, but these three is what I have in my fridge.
So there we go. First, a group shot. From left to right: Mandor, Murcott and Orri.
Continue reading Israeli late mandarin varieties
Beginning of February in Israel marks the beginning of Gold Sweetie. This variety of sweetie got its name after the color of its skin.
Sweetie season starts in October – November, when most of the fruits are picked from trees. Part of the crop is left on the trees until their skin turns yellow, and this is how we get the Gold Sweetie.
Yesterday I went to visit another grower and packer in Negev. Their brand name is not well-known on the markets yet, since it’s only their 3rd year on their own. Prior to taking the independent route, the company was working on contracts to Agrexco and Ada Fresh, and still supplies them today from time to time.
The operation is put on a large scale, compared to our local standards: the company grows either on their own or in cooperation with other farmers several varieties of tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, capsicums, aubergines, cucumbers and other crops. This enables to build mixed produce containers already at the packing house in Israel, thus freeing the importer from necessity to keep large stocks of produce and always to have fresh produce available.
Continue reading New vegetables from Negev
One of the main export cultures in Israel are capsicums. Many varieties are available: from classic bell peppers to tiny extra hot chili peppers, in many colors, to cater every taste. Harvest starts as early as September, but since until November there are lots of local capsicums available in Europe, main export season starts somewhere between November and December and lasts till end of April. Main export markets for Israeli capsicums are the Netherlands, UK and Russia.
“Winter peach”, “winter cherry”, “Chinese peach” – these are just a few nicknames of persimmons. Majority of fruits sold in Europe is divided into two groups: kaki and Sharon fruit.
So what’s so special about Sharon fruit?
This Israeli variety grows well not only in Israel, but also in California and South Africa. Continue reading Sharon fruit
One of the most popular winter fruits are mandarins. Known also as “easy-peelers”, these little orange juicy fruits are the most popular citrus eaten as a snack. Easy-peelers is also probably the most diverse citrus group, with dozens of varieties, sub-varieties and hybrids.
Israeli grown mandarins are famous for their taste and quality and here we take a closet look at them.
Satsuma are the first mandarins of the season, harvested from the end of September through November. Continue reading Mandarins