Spring has arrived in the fruit and vegetable trade. Despite a difficult situation due to the Austrian Corona emergency, as well as possibly more lockdown measures to contain the virus, the spring classics in the range of fruit trader Peter Windhaber are currently doing very well.
"Two weeks ago, the season for Austrian wild garlic started. We will continue to receive the produce from Lower Austria until the end of the season in May," says Windhaber. "Right from the start, demand has been very strong, and that's despite the fact that the asparagus season hasn't started yet."
The retailer currently offers the green leafy vegetable, which is often added to soups or pesto, for around €18 per kilo. Wild garlic is also popular in his vegetable boxes - a service he introduced at the start of the pandemic last year.
"Of course, we are still noticing that the catering industry is closed. That will affect the market situation and the price trend of wild garlic this year," he says.
Domestic snack cucumbers a perennial favorite
Wild garlic is not the only native spring messenger in Windhaber's assortment: "For a few weeks now, we have completely switched to tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers from Austria. The snack cucumbers in particular are a perennial favorite. Strawberries we still receive from Italy, but after Easter, Austrian goods will get going as well."