At Yilmaz Radijs, the most important period for selling radishes has arrived once more. Every week Yilmaz Radijs produces high-quality radish for its customers in England, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, Belgium and France. According to the grower, the weather extremes are favourable for Dutch greenhouse cultivation. "If you see the changeable weather conditions in Southern Europe this season, I expect that supermarkets will increasingly opt for the security of radishes from Dutch greenhouses. But we, too, have to take into account more extreme weather."
The grower started radish cultivation in the Netherlands nineteen years ago and now has an area of 20 hectares. But whether this area should continue to grow is not a major issue for the grower. "What difference does it make if you have 20 or 40 hectares of radish? I no longer want to grow in hectares, but in quality. For years I have been bothered by the inferior quality of Dutch radish in the winter months. With our lighting we have luckily we found a solution for that. "
Yilmaz Radijs has now had three seasons with LED and hybrid lighting. "The test was successful. Lighting leads to better quality, taste and shelf life of the radishes. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to calculate the lighting with current energy prices. That is a great pity, because from a quality point of view we actually want to go from six to nine months of lights. Then we will have a uniform, high-quality product all year round. Supermarkets are looking for a distinctive quality radish and we can supply that all year round! "