Yellow courgette; undeserved exotic in shadow of green courgette

Its green sister is a well-established product, but that is not the case for yellow courgette. While green courgettes can be found in all supermarkets, you really have to look for the yellow one. It is an exotic which, by rights, should not be an exotic at all.

Wholesalers and the catering industry are trying to help the courgette get rid of its exotic image. “We have noticed these two sectors in particular are bulk buyers of the product,” says Patrick Stoffels from BUD Holland. “Retail prefers the green courgette.”

The importer, big in exotics, only supplies the yellow courgettes during the Israeli season. “This year, the season started in week 44, and we expect it to last until the end of February in 2017,” Patrick explains. The yellow courgette is available year-round. Besides Israel, the product is also cultivated in the Netherlands and Spain. For Israeli yellow courgettes, the peak is in December.

The Israeli area is slightly larger than it was last year. “We are expecting to do between 50,000 and 80,000 kilograms this year,” Patrick continues. “If the weather circumstances remain good, we could easily reach 80,000.” The yellow courgettes imported by BUD Holland are sold throughout Europe. “We see an increasing demand for yellow courgettes from Israel every year. Although that is also dependent on when the season stops in Spain and the Netherlands, of course.”

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