Autumn cauliflower season begins in Brittany

The autumn cauliflower harvest is slowly beginning in Brittany and professionals are hoping for a profitable season.

The cauliflower market was relatively calm at the start of last week, “Europe is currently understocked, with volume below expectations. Concerning other production countries, Germany is reaching the end of it’s season, whilst England and Belgium are still producing. The Spanish and Italians are beginning their production,” explains Gaëlle Juton, Product Manager at Prince de Bretagne. Cauliflowers are very in fashion this year amongst chefs, and the iconic Breton vegetable hopes to have a good season this winter.

In terms of new varieties, the Mendel variety from Syngenta confirms it's position this year amongst summer and autumn cauliflowers, “With good coverage and yield, it’s first year is being carried out on a large scale” says Vianney Estorgues from the Finistères Chamber of Agriculture. Of an average size and with a white top, the variety “should develop in the future”.

Weather conditions have been good leaving little chances for disease to develop. “The crops are healthy, except for a few cases of clubroot for some producers who were already effected by the fungus. But nothing to worry about, only about 3% of the crops are concerned. The fungal parasite needs soil temperature to reach at least 15°C to be active, as well as humid conditions”.


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