This 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.
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.
Israeli 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→
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→
A few days ago after 20 days in transit our pomegranates have arrived safe and sound to the customer. The fruit, which was harvested before the winter rains, arrived without any damage at all. Continue reading Pomegranates have arrived!→
It’s been two weeks since I’ve last updated this blog. These weeks we are busy closing one of the most important deals – we’ve bought one of the last and definitely the largest stock of pomegranates. Pomegranates are a very popular fruit on the Russian market and, these months, also a rare one. Continue reading Pomegranates→
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.
The annual Agromashov exhibition took place in Tel Aviv this week. This exhibition is covering all aspects of agriculture industry – from soil preparation all the way to export of end produce. Therefor, the scope of exhibitors was very wide: from fertilizers and seeds developers, through watering technologies to agricultural vehicles and packaging. I’m not sure wherever it’s the crisis or general lack of interest, but quantity of exhibiting growers and exporters has been degrading during previous years, and this year there was only one exporter of fresh produce.
As usual, amongst the exhibitors were also various growers’ associations and research institutions, and to me they’ve brought some news. The picture below shows some new vegetables varieties developed this year, and no, no Photoshop or other photo editing programs have been used to alter the colors. Other new varieties of vegetables and fruits exhibited include new strawberries, potatoes, capsicums / hot peppers and courgettes. Continue reading Agromashov 2010→