The first Moroccan clementines arrived at Wilkofruit in the Netherlands on Friday. "These clementines come from the Gharb region. That's the first area in Morocco where the better clementines come from," says Wilko van der Zwaard. "The fruit is delicious; juicy with good color. That has to do with the day/night temperature differences. There, these are the biggest in the Gharb region."
"To produce juicy mandarins, it's also essential to have enough water for irrigation. That's sufficiently available in the Gharb region too," explains Wilko. "This first batch had a Brix level of between 11-12.5. In three weeks, we'll also start the orange season with the first Navels."
Gaudias, fruits for pleasure
"Berkane is, of course, the best region in Morocco for clementines. The fruit's not ripe yet, so these will start in two to three weeks. In Morocco, the sizes are medium to small. After last year's disappointing harvest, the trees are full. This can be called a normal year."
"It's interesting to note that the smallest sizes taste the best. There are plenty of calibers 3 and 4. We can supply all sizes in 10, 12, and 15kg. We have crates for supermarket promotions. We're also able to fill programs and marketing campaigns, of course, in Gaudias boxes," concludes Wilko.