US(CA): Persimmon harvest starts up

Harvesting of persimmons began last week in California and is expected to last into November. Production is likely to be lighter this season as acreage has fluctuated.

“Volumes all depend on what trees growers have,” said Raul Munoz of Sunview Marketing International. “If you still have old trees, they produce lower yields.” Growers replacing old trees with better-producing trees will help overall production, but many growers have opted to not go with persimmons when taking out old acreage.

“Supplies could be less this year because people are taking out trees,” said Munoz. “The drought could be one of the reasons for this. Growers don't have as much water, and they have to dig deeper in their wells to get water. That makes them concentrate on something other than persimmons.”

While offerings have been light this early in the season, prices haven't been exceptionally high. Munoz said he's seen prices for a carton of persimmons around $18.00 to $20.00.

“Prices are about average,” said Munoz, “and they'll probably stay the same for the next couple of weeks.”

For more information:
Raul Munoz
Sunview Marketing International
+1 661 792 3151

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