The producers of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Poma de Girona harvested a record 96,000 tons of apples in 2021, the highest volume since its creation. The three companies that produce and market the apple, Girona Fruits (Bordils), Giropoma Costa Brava (Ullà), and Fructícola Empordà (Sant Pere Pescador), said they were able to achieve this record mainly because the weather was very favorable and stressed that the product quality had also been high.
Jaume Armengol, president of the PGI Poma de Gerona, and chef Joan Roca, with the Poma de Girona Award (Eddy Kelele/Nordmedia).
Last Friday, the IGP Poma de Girona held its the annual members meeting at the hotel La Costa Beach & Golf Resort, in Pals (Girona) and awarded the Roca brothers (El Celler de Can Roca) the Poma de Girona Award for their support and dissemination of proximity products and for having always cooperated with Poma de Girona.
Chef Joan Roca received the award and stressed that: "The apple of Girona has been in our kitchen for many years, we have it very present at home and also when we travel the world. We'll continue to be ambassadors of the apple of Girona." The assembly was attended by Jordi Camps, Deputy for Local Economic Promotion of the Girona Provincial Council, Elisabet Sanchez, Director of Territorial Services of the Generalitat, and Jaume Fontdevila, Regional Councillor for Internal Regime.
According to Jaume Armengol, president of Poma de Girona: "We achieved this record production because the weather was very favorable. We had a good setting of the flower and we were able to take advantage of all the production. Not only did we have a good production volume, but the quality of the product was also good."
"This is a significant record. It shows the apple sector is constantly innovating and demonstrates the resilience of producers in the current context," stated Armengol. Poma de Girona, which is made up of 78 producer families, expected to harvest 84,580 tons last summer, 16% more than in the previous season. Needless to say, the volume harvested exceeded expectations.
The record harvest was achieved thanks to the mild temperatures and relatively dry periods during the 2021 harvest months, as well as the absence of large hailstorms, windstorms, and other weather events such as those that occurred two years ago. The 2021 production also yielded a high-quality, larger, more colorful, and sweeter apple.
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