As the watermelon harvest in Majorca has begun, people are looking forward to having plenty of this fruit on supermarket shelves between now and the end of September.
The weather has been pretty good for the watermelon crops this year, but the ripening process was delayed slightly by rain and farmers had to keep an eye on the fruit to determine when it was ready to be harvested.
At the Sa Sínia farm in Manacor, which is managed by Agroilla, the harvest is expected to yield 1,500 tons of watermelon. "The harvest is one of the most important moments, because if the watermelon is collected at the optimal time it will be large caliber, juicy and very sweet, with a loose meat texture that’s strong enough to hold up well after harvest and have adequate levels of sugar,” says Agroilla Partner, Mateu Pascual.
Every year, the Agroilla Technical Team selects the best varieties from Majorca, the Peninsula and overseas.
"The one from here can be harvested at the perfect time and ready to eat in customer’s homes within 24 hours, which is why it’s so important to eat local produce, especially after the coronavirus health crisis,” says Mateu Pascual.
According to majorcadailybulletin.com, demand for watermelon in the Hospitality Sector is usually very high and farmers are anxiously waiting to see what consumption will be like on the Island while most of the Hotels in Majorca are still closed.