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Average gourd season in the Northeast

Gourd production is at its peak in the northeastern region of the US. “All our growing regions were fortunate to experience good weather conditions this season,” says Lauren Del Rosario with Frank Donio, Inc. “As a result, supplies are similar to what we notice in an average year.” 

The Mid-Atlantic region, which includes New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Ohio, is the key gourd production area for Donio and its partner-growers. This time of the year, other growing states with significant supplies include Washington and Michigan.

Heavy holiday consumption
Acorn, butternut, spaghetti and kabocha are the main gourd varieties being grown and Del Rosario sees an almost equal uptick for all varieties this time of the year. Within the next two months, consumption will gradually increase and become heavy due to the upcoming holidays. Gourd is a popular cooking ingredient during winter time, but in particular for Thanksgiving and Christmas. All four varieties are available in US stores year-round, but consumers in the Northeast who are looking for a local gourd variety, can find them from mid-September through winter.

“Despite increasing demand, I expect prices to stay steady and stabilize,” said Del Rosario. Prices are often pre-set as this helps supermarkets prepare for their upcoming ads. 

For more information:
Lauren Del Rosario
Frank Donio, Inc.
Tel: (+1) 609-561-2466

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