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Italy: Autore increases land dedicated to basil and aromatic herbs

"From the three hectares of basil we used to have, we now have five in order to comply better with demand from the domestic and foreign market (Germany, England, France and Holland)," explains Giombattista Autore. 

The company has recently updated its website for both clients and consumers. 

"In this part of Sicily (Vittoria), plants grow very well, and leaves are a very deep green. In addition, the aroma is what truly makes a difference. Our greenhouses are not far from the sea and temperatures are very mild, as between January and February we rarely go below 10°C. This way we can produce the whole year round."

A sea of basil (in greenhouses).

But that's not all. The Sicilian company also cultivates rhubarb (1.5 ha), mint (1 ha), rosemary (1 ha) as well as thyme, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, wild fennel, dill and coriander. 30 pallets of aromatic herbs are harvested every week and the company produces around 300 tons of basil, 80 of mint, 10 of coriander and 10 of wild fennel every year.

Wild fennel in open fields.

"We sell our products loose or in 30-40 to 100 gram trays. These are placed in 30x50 plastic and wooden crates depending on the needs of clients."

Basil in trays.

"Consumption in Italy is increasing slightly and almost doubles over Christmas and Easter. Our prices have remained unvaried since last year and those of Basil hover between a minimum of €3 and a maximum of €7/kg. The best prices are obtained between December and February"

The personnel of the company.

Agricola Autore holds the GlobalGap certification.

Azienda Agricola Autore Giombattista

C/da Dragonara
Via XX Settembre n. 199
97019 Vittoria (RG)
Tel./Fax: (+39) 0932 802450
Cell.: (+39) 338 4172789
Cell.: (+39) 320 2282847
Email: [email protected]
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