The pomegranate campaign began this week in Elche, traditionally Spain’s main producing region. Quantities of the most representative varieties in the region, such as Mller d’Elche and Valenciana, are expected to experience a 30% drop in production compared to their production capacity. In general, the smaller size will predominate due to the effect of drought.
“At the moment we are harvesting the first ancho pomegranate, which comes with a normal production, perhaps slightly higher due to the start of production of young orchards, although with a smaller size than is typical for this variety,” said Susie Bonnet, The commercial adds to the Cambayas Cooperative, located in Elche. He further added, “There is a lot of demand for larger sizes, but it is difficult to get them this year. We also hope to be able to bring all the fruits to the market.”
Next week the first pomegranate of the Valenciana variety will begin to be harvested, with pale skin and sweet-tasting pink grains, ahead of the traditional molar d’elche, which will be harvested in October. “For both varieties, the quantity is expected to be about 30% less than normal, due to the effect of abundant rainfall during the months of March and April, which affected their flowering. The consequences of heat waves will generally be small . shape this year”, explains Susie Bonet.
That same week, the cooperative held the last sale of figs and, although they also experienced a reduction in size, they “have been able to defend the sale with good prices,” he says.
According to the advertisement of this cooperative, the first Acco pomegranate is being well-liked in the market. “There is a desire for pomegranates in a market that is relatively empty of summer fruits. There are still traces of Peruvian pomegranates in the markets, but they do not represent great competition. Sales will increase over the next week when more fruits become available.” because these dates are always a little odd, coinciding with the end of summer”.
In addition to the mentioned varieties, cumbias also grow, although in small quantities, wonderful varieties. In total, the cooperative produces about 17,000 tonnes of pomegranates which it distributes mainly to the national market and the rest of Europe, exporting to third countries such as Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
“It will be a campaign in which it will be difficult to pass a 100% increase in the cost of producing, operating and transporting the product to the selling price. I do not think that consumers, whoever are experiencing inflation in their pockets, they can digest the sudden increase in prices”, warns Susie Bonet.
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