Category Archives: Fruits

Israel. What to expect from 2011-2012 season?

Hershkoviz 2011
Hershkoviz 2011

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?

Israeli late mandarin varieties

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.
Mandor, Murcott and Orri Continue reading Israeli late mandarin varieties

Gold Sweetie

Gold SweetieBeginning 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.

Sweetie, as a citrus fruit variety, has been cultivated by in 1984 by Israeli scientists, from pomelo hybrid and white grapefruit. Continue reading Gold Sweetie

New vegetables from Negev

Packing houseYesterday 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.
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Israeli capsicumsOne 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.

In Israel capsicums are grown in large greenhouses, in two main areas at the South of the country: West of Negev desert and Arava valley. Continue reading Capsicums


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