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Start of Israeli capsicum season

Fresh orange capsicum
Just from the field

At this time the Israeli capsicum export season begins. Some growers have already shipped their first containers during the past 2 weeks, while others prefered to send first crop to local market and will join this and next week. Most of the early produce goes to Russian market which has slightly better prices than those in Netherlands. Continue reading Start of Israeli capsicum season

No stability in capsicum prices

Severe weather conditions first in Israel, later in Western Europe and Russia have strongly affected the prices for capsicums during the past month.
First, drought and extremely hot weather in Israel caused lower crops. Later, strong snowfalls in Europe caused lower demand from end consumers and delivery delays, which was followed by over supply of capsicums that were expected to arrive and sell before Xmas, but in fact arrived afterwards. Continue reading No stability in capsicum prices

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

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

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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Capsicums

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