Nearby the natural park of Sierra Nevada, in Almería, around 850 metres above sea level, organic pomegranates are being harvested for the first time in an area where olive and almond trees have been traditionally cultivated.
"We went for the semi-sour red variety Kingdom, which is harvested in this area between mid-October and early December," says Miguel Ángel Ortiz, producer of the pomegranates under the Biortiz brand. "Moreover, the pomegranates can be stored in perfect conditions for up to three months after their harvest," he says.
“Unlike the pomegranates grown on the coast, the thermal contrast between day and night is greater here, and the irrigation water we use has very low conductivity. This leads to the production of pomegranates with larger calibers, a more intense red color and higher Brix degrees, which results in an exquisite contrast with the variety's sourness,” says the producer.
Although pomegranates are already a product aimed at niche markets, it is even more the case here, if we take into account that Biortiz has an organic certification and is already in the process of obtaining the Demeter certification. “We are looking to differentiate ourselves with a unique product. We want to find markets where we can export our pomegranates through long-term relationships with our customers.”