Caligari&Babbi, known for its Finò brand which is distributed all over Europe, started harvesting fennel last week, around ten days later than usual.
"The average quality of the first transplants is not very high due to the weather in spring. This leads to more waste in the fields and warehouses and to lower yields. What we do sell is of excellent quality, as only the best produce is packaged," reports production manager Vittorio Caligari.
"Anyway I am talking about spring transplants as they are different from the fall transplants, which are not as fresh, aromatic and flavorful."
"The market has been rather slow for months, there are no margins while expenses have skyrocketed. The weather has not caused a lack of produce, meaning a lot of fennel has always been available."
At the moment, the produce is sold both in Italy and abroad. Finò is a well-known brand and demand comes in from all over Europe - Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands. These countries care about quality a lot and new produce is always appreciated.