Peruvian pomegranate exports between January and September of 2019 generated more than $ 69,135,000 dollars, i.e. 6% more than in the same period of 2018, according to data provided by the Exporters Association's (Adex) Agricultural Export Management.
This fruit has adapted very well to the climatic conditions of Peru. It is mainly planted in sandy soils and has a high resistance to the soil's salinity. The most important variety is the Wonderful variety, which is also produced in other countries such as Israel, the United States, Greece, and Chile.
In recent years, the cultivation of pomegranates has increased markedly in the country: in 2015 the country produced nearly 12,000 tons, in 2016 that figure rose to 23,000 tons, in 2017 in went up to 26,000, and in 2018 Peru produced more than 46,000 tons. The most important producing regions were Ica, Arequipa, Lambayeque, and Lima.
During the first nine months of 2019, the Netherlands was the main market for Peruvian pomegranate with purchases of $ 30,767,000 dollars, which despite presenting a 3% drop, concentrated 45% of total shipments, according to data from Adex' Data Trade Commercial Intelligence System.
It was followed by Russia with a variation of 6%, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, the Arab Emirates, and Egypt.
The United States (170%), Saudi Arabia (106%), Egypt (82%), Lebanon (47%), and Iraq (586%) stood out for their growth.