Romagna Red white nectarines are harvested between late June and early July, they are slightly russeted like the Big Top but have white flesh. The sugar level is high, between 15 and 18° Brix and the average grades at the moment go from A to AAAA.
Nursery gardener Daniele Neri propagates the plants and provides advice to producers so they can obtain good grades.
Daniele Neri with a crate of freshly-harvested Romagna Red on 3rd July 2019
"Romagna Red has a great flavor and that's why those who are selling it packaged are obtaining high prices. Nonetheless, those who harvest it in bins can obtain an average gross saleable production of €18 thousand per hectare."
Neri recommends precise pruning and thinning operations. "If we have 100 grade A fruits or 50 grade AAA the total weight might be similar, but the price per kg is doubled. It costs more to thin, but money is saved during harvesting. Unfortunately not many apply this method."
In addition, double driplines are needed but the crown and trunk of plants should never be wet.
"These are small actions that enable producers to increase the income. I believe peach production would not be in a crisis if people didn't aim downwards instead of upwards with rushed choices ...".