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An analysis of the late high quality Romagna Mia nectarines

Neri proposes a possible solution against the demise of peach farming

The Romagna Mia nectarine is characterized not only by its high caliber and flavour, but also by the advantage of growing later compared to other nectarine varieties. The harvest of this variety of nectarines began on the 21st of September and should last for roughly 10 days. 

"Let's be clear right away", says the nurseryman and producer Daniele Neri, "there are farmers who collected this variety of nectarines already 10 days ago, as soon as the colour of the skin seemed inviting. Unless the fruits are to be sold to very distant markets, I advise instead to wait as long as possible, as the fruits generally have quite a long life. The rain of two days ago has caused some fruits to fall off, but the increase in weight and in the quality of production largely compensates for these losses".

The average caliber of the fruits grown in the Neri orchard ranges between AA and AAAA, although the AAA caliber seems to be the most predominant one. "Quality comes into play," adds Neri, "and it is useless to complain about low prices if consumers are offered unripe fruits throughout the summer, hoping that they will mature in the cells, while in reality they become concentrated, lose water and wither. The times when it was possible to sell anything are over. Nowadays, quality is affordable and sought after. The rest does not make history, nor income. In recent days I was at the seaside in the Romagna Riviera: I did not find a single tasty peach or nectarine. This is scandalous ".


"The harvest of peaches and nectarines in September opens new scenarios. I believe that producing high quality fruits can create new opportunities. As producers we should cultivate our fruits thinking about the consumer who will eat them. Prices are high and the gross saleable production rates seem to be very promising," concludes Neri. 

Anyone wishing to see the nectarines in person, or speak with Neri, can contact him at the address listed below.

Daniele Neri Vivai Piante
Via Sacramora 15
48018 Faenza (Ravenna) - Italy
Tel./Fax: (+39) 0546 639169
Cell.: (+39) 335.5353085

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