It has been more than two months since the start of the season for the red kuri squash, butternuts and cucurbita moschata. “So far, trade has been quite complicated due to the rather warm temperatures we had at the beginning of autumn. These products sell more when they are fresh, which means that sales have been relatively slow so far. With the weather cooling off, sales should theoretically take off, but it still remains to be seen,” explains Pascal Grenet, from the sales department of the Laparra agency.
In terms of supply however, Pascal is rather satisfied with the quality. Also on the market, next to the French production, are products imported from Spain and Portugal, mainly butternut and cucurbita moschata. As far as prices are concerned, they are better than last year, “although still low until now, with the red kuri squash at 0.80/0.90 euros/kg [0.4/0/45 USD/lbs], the butternut around 0.60 and 0.80 euros/kg [0.3 and 0.4 USD/lbs], and the cucurbita moschata at 0.45/0.50 euros/kg [0.22/0.25 USD/lbs].”