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Italy and Spain join forces

A company located in Vittoria (Sicily) has sown and transplanted Centonove F1 yellow peppers from Southern Seed Srl. As quality was really good, the seed company was contacted by Gaetano Cinturrino, sales operator for Mercabarna in Barcelona, who also wanted to try other Southern Seed varieties (Karlone F1, Casero F1, Frankone F1 e Mistralone F1) in another company in Almeria, Vargas y lopez s.l.

Gaetano Cinturrino and Oscar Pozo Pique.

"We started cultivating California peppers in Almeria and we realised that they were not very successful, so we opted for red Lamuyo and, since our Italian clients are becoming increasingly interested, we went for yellow Lamuyo too," explains Oscar Pozo Pique from Fruits Pique s.l, the distribution company who initiated the Spanish-Italian cooperation with Gaetano.

Vargas y lopes s.l. grows different varieties of peppers on 20 hectares (12 for red Lamuyo and 8 for yellow Lamuyo).

"Peppers are usually planted in early August and harvested from mid November to late May/early June. If the weather is too hot or too cold, ripening halts."

In total, the company produces 1,800-2,000 tons of peppers. "We are based in Barcelona because of its location, which makes it easier to reach the Spanish, French and Italian markets."

The experiment with Italian Souther Seed seeds was carried our with Karlone F1, Centonove F1 and Mistral F1 yellow peppers.

Karlone F1 (right), vigorous plant with short internodes. Good production on the whole plant.

Sweet fruit with a compact flesh and thick epicarp. Bright yellow colour. 20-22 cm long with 10-12 cm diameter. Click here for the technical sheet.

Mistral F1 (left), vigorous plant with a good production on the whole plant.

Sweet fruit with a compact flesh. Bright yellow colour. 16-18 cm long with a 10-12 cm diameter. Click here for the technical sheet.

Centonove F1
(right), vigorous plant and short internodes. Early and highly productive variety.

Sweet yellow fruit with bright epicarp. 18-20 cm long with 9-11 cm diameter. Click here for the technical sheet.

Giovanni Incardona
Cell.: +39 320 9481545
Southern Seed Srl
Via Carlo Alberto, 124
97019 Vittoria (RG)
Tel./fax: (+39) 0932 861054

Gaetano Cinturrino
Cell. Italy: +39 347 0998327
Cell. Spain: +34 633328776

Oscar Pozo Piqué
Fruits Piqué S.L.
Mercabarna, D-4014/15/16
08040 Barcellona
Cell.: +34 606 594420
Tel.: +34 933354046
Fax: +34 932621048

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