Daniele Neri is a nursery farmer in Faenza (Ravenna) and he holds the license for the Romagna variety which covers the entire summer period. He claims that the income from the peaches and late nectarines has been satisfying during 2018, especially with regard to good-sized quality produce. There are tastier varieties than others, and those are the most successful.
Neri explains, “I have seen quite an interest in the late segment. In any case, it is important to offer varieties that have an excellent taste. This is how it should be as the produce harvested in August could benefit from all the Summer sun and thus it must have unique organoleptic characteristics. Also, plant management is a crucial aspect”.
One of the early varieties with excellent taste and of good size is the Romagna Mia. It is a white nectarine characterised by a red stone which colours the pulp. The harvesting is carried out between the 15th and the 20th of September. However, the fruit can stay on the plant for several days without experiencing any issues.
Neri explains, “If one wants to achieve excellent quality produce, I recommend the use of pots. If a good thinning is carried out, it is possible to achieve AAA/AAAA-sized fruits with a unique taste – these are ideal for wholesale markets and targeted sales. Farming with the fusetto method can be the most suitable if one wants to market in different sales channels as there are fewer harvesting steps involved”.
Neri concludes, “Also this variety can stay several days on the plant. I recommend waiting so that the fruits can be excellent both in terms of organoleptic qualities and size”.