The first images of Candonga strawberries of the Sabrosa cultivar are now available. Over the years, these strawberries have managed to stand out due to their excellent flavor, color and grades.
"The harvesting and commercialization of Candonga Top Quality started today. The mild weather favored the production cycle, hastening ripening by at least 10 days. Markets are already rather interested especially in northern Italy, thanks also to the marketing strategies devised by the consortium (Club Candonga)," explains Cosimo Padula, one of the managers of the family business located in Policoro.
"This year, we planted around 9 hectares of strawberries, 8 of which are destined to the Sabrosa variety while the rest is for the Melissa variety. We are expecting the campaign to be long and thrilling and we are hoping for the weather to be merciful and for the markets not to buy foreign produce. Despite the problems during transplants and the extreme weather events that damaged various hectares last November, we are positive and ready to face a new year."
"The first strawberries were sent to the general markets in Bergamo and Bologna at a price of €8-9/kg. Quantities are not large so far, but they will increase already starting next week. Fruits are looking good with an excellent color, sugar level and shelf-life."