The main selling point of the Romagna Mia white nectarine is its taste, together with its durability on the tree. "Moreover, if you are careful about pruning, thinning and water management, you will obtain high calibers", explained the nursery owner Daniele Neri.
Photo taken on 11 September, 2020
The harvest has started in the last few days and will continue until the end of the month. "There are also those who harvested earlier, as soon as it started to color - added Neri - but I don't agree, unless it has to be shipped overseas. Within the domestic market it is necessary to wait for the right ripening time, so that Romagna Mia can express all its organoleptic potential".
This year, the fruits of Romagna Mia cultivated in the area of Faenza (Ravenna) have suffered severe cold damage as well. The production was saved in those plants equipped with an anti-frost system, with micro-sprinklers. The small number of fruits has meant large sizes also without any thinning, but the size is never a problem for this variety, when managed properly.
"Having peaches and nectarines produced in September - added Neri - opens new horizons. I firmly believe that good fruit has plenty of potential. As producers, we no longer produce to just to satisfy the expectations of the consumer. Prices are high, with a very interesting PLV (gross saleable production)."
Romagna Mia, photographed at sunset
The motto of the nursery owner and producer is "quality is made on site". In this regard, Neri states that "you cannot offer tasteless peaches or unripe nectarines. People have become tired of fruit that is beautiful to look at, but inedible. It's time that someone realised this and, as a consequence, reduced the yields per hectare thus boosting the PLV by increasing the prices per kg. This year is a very special year with low production, but in 2021 we will hopefully be back to normal."