Lapseki, Canakkale, a city located in northwestern Turkey, grows peaches that are popular both in the domestic and global market. Each one of them weighs approximately half a kilo. Due to their taste, size and shape, Turkish peaches from Canakkale are very popular among Russian consumers.
In Canakkale, Bayramic district is famous with its apples and Lapseki is famous for its cherries and peaches. These products yield high and have large market share. Cherry season in the area is already over and the peach harvest is approaching its last days. Producers in the city will soon start harvesting apples.
Local officials said that peach production is nearly 64 thousand tons this year. According to foreign trade figures, Turkey exported 47 thousand 590 tons of peaches in 2017 and 67 thousand 716 tons in 2018. In the first 7 months of 2019, peach exports volume reached 35 thousand 516 tons. In 2017, Turkey exported 41 thousand 220 tons of nectarines, and 59 thousand 98 tons in 2018. In the first 7 months of the year, 41 thousand 161 tons of nectarines were exported.
"We export mainly to Russia, then to Belarus and Romania"
Yusuf Mazlum, manager of an exporter company in Lapseki, said that they have processing and cold storage facilities of 3 thousand tons capacity. Mazlum stated that the company exported 1600 tons of peaches mainly to Russia in the first eight months of the year and that they grow one of the top quality peaches in Turkey.
"In our facility, we have eight cold storages together with two pre-cool units. Peaches arrive here at 28 degrees Celsius. Therefore we take them in our pre-cool units first. Within 10 to 12 hours, we need to decrease the temperature to +2 degrees Celsius so that they are ready to export. Due to the soil and the wind, here we grow the most special peaches of Turkey. We export mainly to Russia, then to Belarus and Romania. We also sell our peaches on the domestic market." said Mazlum.