The harvesting of Gala varieties has started in Moldova. It is the earliest of the late (autumn) varieties. Their share in the total surface (49,000-50,000 hectares) of apple orchards in Moldova is relatively small, but it is higher among the apples stored in the Moldovan long term storage facilities.
In 2022, experts expect this share to increase slightly. Since the quality of apples of the Gala group is considered by growers as ‘quite good’, moreover, fruits of this variety are usually in high demand both in the domestic and foreign markets.
According to the observations of participants in the Moldovan fruit sector, at the moment, at least 90% of storage facilities are prepared for apples. It is very likely that the situation observed last year will repeat itself: most of the stored space will be occupied by apples of the most popular varieties already in September and the first half of October.