Gerasimos indicates that Sotiris consciously growers earlier varieties and that due to this his clementines and oranges are often ripe earlier than other Bio Net West Hellas growers. But this grower is also experiencing the effects of the warm weather. "Due to the lack of cold nights the fruits aren't ripe yet. In other years they were ripe around this time." The expectation is that the harvest will start in around 15 days at the earliest. "If this weather continues the product won't be available until mid November." It has now become a little colder, which is good for the harvest.
The fruit on the right is already orange, this is the result of it being affected by the Mediterranean fruit fly.
Sotiris grows oranges (Navelina, Valencia and Moro) and mandarins (Clementines, Ortanic and Nova).
Sun soaked orchard with mainly green oranges.
Gerasimos Karantinos shows the difference between an almost ripe and a still green orange.
Primarily green/yellow oranges on the trees.
Tasting the orange.
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