Hungarian fruit is currently one and a half times more expensive than last year. The prices of apricots, peaches, plums and melons have risen the most, in some cases by as much as 150 percent compared to last year.
This year, Hungary has been hit by one of the worst frosts of the past 10 years. Because of this, few fruits could be harvested, said Ferenc Ledó, president of the FruitVeb Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council. Consequently, he said that high prices should be expected this year. "Of course, the current pandemic has also taken its toll, but to a lower extent. It was at the time of the planting that the epidemic erupted, resulting in less labor available to growers for more money, said Ledó, who also pointed out that the situation for apples and pears is slightly different. As he put it, Polish imports will be on the shelves in larger quantities.
Vegetables have become cheaper
In contrast to fruit, vegetable prices have moved in a more favorable direction. The reason for this is that most of the fresh market vegetables are grown in greenhouses and film tents. That is why the price of some vegetables has been falling.