Fresh Jaffa lime from Israel

Lime from IsraelThis week we start with export of fresh limes from Israel.

Lime is, for some reason, an underestimated fruit: it’s several times more juicy than a lemon, has nicer aroma and taste and no stones. It’s popular in Europe and Middle East, but almost unknown in Russia.

Although the world lime market is dominated by Brazilian fruit (due to very suitable climate), Israeli lime has its own place on the market, especially in Europe. Continue reading Fresh Jaffa lime from Israel

Israel. Fruits, vegetables season 2010-2011

Citrus blossom
Citrus blossom

The middle of summer – a short off-season in the export calendar of Israeli fruits and vegetables. In fact, already now we are negotiating with the farmers on production of the new season – dates of harvest and quantities. Therefore for buyers also now is the time to think about the upcoming season and begin to reserve quantities. This is especially important for products beginning in August and September.

More information about the new season – below. Continue reading Israel. Fruits, vegetables season 2010-2011

Israeli easy-peelers’ season

Israeli easy-peelerIsraeli easy-peelers season is close to the end. Last Murcotts for Russia should be loaded this (14) week, while Mandor will last another week or two: still too early to tell, since some growers have shipped all their fruit already, while others still keep it. In any case, in my opinion in 2 weeks all easy peelers from Israel will be over: the market in Russia is almost empty of Turkish easy peelers and is ready to accept big volumes, and on the other side Israeli growers prefer to put grapefruits rather than mandarins into storages. Continue reading Israeli easy-peelers’ 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

Capsicums season

Class 2 capsicum
Class 2 capsicum
As usual, it’s been a long season for capsicums. With Spanish capsicum over, and lower than expected crop of the Dutch capsicum, Israeli capsicum stays almost alone on the market. But Israeli growers can’t make miracles, and the local season is also coming to an end. There is still plenty to go and many growers will continue exports into May, but don’t let this fool you. Late capsicum has more gentle and slightly thinner walls, thus making it more vulnerable to damages during transportation, even if it’s only a week. Depending on variety and place of growing, the loss can be between 10% to 25%. Under 5%? It’s a bliss!
Generally, yellow capsicums are the most gentle varieties for transport, while oranges and reds come somewhat behind. Continue reading Capsicums season