It’s been a dry season in Poland this summer, with little rain and temperatures staying above 25°C. Looking at quality and volumes, the strawberry crop’s harvest duration was shorter than anticipated, which can be attributed to the higher temperatures and low rainfall. However, as the strawberry fields in Spain experienced their own challenges in spring, there has been an uplift in demand for Polish strawberries.
The raspberry harvest began one week earlier than last year, quality and sweetness appear to be high. Although the Laszka variety has been negatively impacted by drought and high temperatures causing lower yields, the Glen Ample crop variety is showing positive signs of development under the same conditions – and as a result, we expect output of this raspberry to be higher. This summer crop makes up for 60% of Poland’s raspberry market, while the autumn crop, which looks encouraging just weeks before harvest, makes up for 40%.
Blackcurrants performed well with a vibrant colour and brix levels – but with lower levels of acidity during the early stages of harvest. The crop is now complete, with total volume slightly lower than estimated.