This weekend our first shipment of Sweetie grapefruits from Israel have arrived to customers in Novorossijsk.
We started this season much later than usual due to very hot summer: long periods of high temperatures in the second half of the summer caused all the grapefruits to grow smaller and with less sugar than usual. Continue reading Israel. Late start for citrus season→
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.
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→
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.