The cherimoya campaign kicked off in Andalusia in September and will last until May. In the region there are 3,030 hectares devoted to the cultivation of this fruit, with 96% of that on the Tropical Coast of Granada. In Malaga, cherimoyas have become an almost residual crop over the years, losing ground to other tropical fruit trees, such as mangoes or avocados.
Andalusia has a protected designation of origin, Chirimoya de la Costa Tropical de Granada-Málaga, whose geographical area includes the municipalities of Motril, Vélez de Benaudalla, Los Guájares, Ítrabo, Molvízar, Salobreña, Almuñécar, Jete, Lentejí and Otívar in the province of Granada, and the municipalities of Nerja, Frigiliana, Torrox, Algarrobo and Vélez-Málaga in the province of Malaga. Some of the cherimoya varieties included are the Fino de Jete (95% of the acreage) and Campas, always in the extra and first class categories.
43,000 tons in the 2020/2021 campaign
According to Antonio Sánchez, the president of the Regulatory Council of the Chirimoya PDO of the Costa Tropical de Granada-Málaga, the harvest forecasts for this campaign are very similar to those of the previous one, with around 43,000 tons. As for the price at origin, the average price is around 1.20 Euro per kilo (up to 1.80 Euro per kilo for the largest calibers).
According to the balance of the 2018/2019 campaign from the Price Observatory of the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Sustainable Development, the final average price was 0.85 Euro per kilo, 7.8% less than the average price of the 2017-2018 campaign (0.92 Euro per kilo).
The fruit is mainly intended for the domestic market; however, cherimoya exports to the European Union have increased by more than 6% in the previous season. According to data from the Center for Technical Assistance and Inspection of Foreign Trade updated in December, companies located in the province of Granada exported more than 1.64 million kilos of cherimoyas to the EU, compared to the 1.55 million sold in the same period last year, which represents an increase of more than 6%. The main recipient for this fruit was Portugal, followed by Germany and France.