Atlas Obscura

Medley of efforts may bring back the forgotten fruit

What happened to Montreal’s legendary melon?

A century ago, Manhattan residents with a hankering for dessert might flick on their finest frock coat, get a table at a white-tablecloth restaurant, and order a juicy slice of Montreal melon. It didn’t come cheap, though. A slice of the green-fleshed melon sold for a steak’s price of $1, or around $30…

"Nanhui 8424" and "Jinshan Xiaohuangguan" have become the preferred watermelon varieties for consumers

The first thing that Shanghai people must enjoy in the summer is watermelon. In the past, everyone would drive to the base to purchase. This year, due to the pandemic, they…

Pair of Hokkaido melons fetch 3 million yen at year's first auction

A pair of premium melons in Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido fetched 3 million yen ($23,550) at the year's first auction on Thursday, exceeding last year's winning bid by 10 percent. The auction record for a pair of Yubari melons, a signature product of the city of Yubari, was 5 million yen in…

Menu is Japanese pun-themed

Starbucks Japan brings new melon Frappuccino to its dessert menu

There’s a phrase in Japanese, yori dori midori, which describes a happy situation where you’ve got your pick from a number of attractive options. By coincidence, midori is also how you say “green” in Japanese, and so Starbucks Japan is combining the two possible meanings in its Yori Dori Midori campaign…

Harvest was delayed by ten days

An exceptional season for the melon of the Italian Mundial Consortium

"The season of our Mundial melon is running smoothly. Prices are high and stable, thanks to the unusual weather for the time of year. Initially this aspect worried us, but in the end the weather proved to be an ally," said Domenico Raneri, president of the Sicilian Consortium of the Mundial melon. Domenico…

Germany decreased its purchase of Spanish watermelon by 41 million kilos in the last three years

In 2021, Almeria, Murcia, and Valencia accounted for 84.55% of the total volume of watermelons exported by Spain

Spanish watermelon exports grew by 76.09 million kilos between 2019 and 2021, going from 920.52 million kilos in 2019 to 996.61 million kilos last year when they generated…

BASF completes its Magenta line with Magverik F1 and opens the door to organic Cantaloupes

Magestium F1, Magiar F1, and now Magverik F1. Magverik F1 is BASF's novelty in Cantaloupe melon and completes its Magenta line with an even more intense flesh color. BASF organized a field day in Balanegra, where it presented this variety to dozens of farmers and technicians who were able to see first…

Record prices for watermelon and melon in Almeria in mid-May

According to the latest report on protected horticultural products from the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Government of Andalusia, corresponding to week 19, the…

To support sustainability in domestic apple industry

Canadian Government invests in innovative precision farming

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $560,425 for Institut de recherche et de…

Orange yield and quality in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region also affected

Uttar Pradesh: Heat wave hits watermelon yield

The heat wave that has struck Uttar Pradesh has affected watermelon growers, as the crop yield has fallen and the weight of fruit is also less. Farmers from Prayagraj,…

Melons Australia announces seamless data flow in the traceability of seedless watermelons

Melons Australia has successfully demonstrated a pilot of how to overcome the hurdle of transferring data from whole fruit to cut pieces in the supermarket. The peak industry body says the project is aimed to maximise consumer engagement with the farmer while boosting confidence in the freshness and food…

"We focus on branding, and how to tell the brand story well"

"We started selling watermelons more than ten years ago. Our overall production volume reached about 30,000 ton per year. However, at the time we did not have our own brand. We had difficulty gaining a name for ourselves as there was no brand recognition. Afterwards we began to understand the importance…

Early melons are lacking, leading to skyrocketing prices

The situation is "tragic" when it comes to melons: production is very low and prices are skyrocketing. The early produce is severely lacking in Sicily and volumes are low in Spain as well. The whole of Europe is looking for melons, but they are difficult to find.  "I have never seen anything like it in the…

In week 18, melon prices at origin in Almeria were 60-70% higher than last year

As the melon campaign in Senegal, and other overseas origins end, Almeria's melon takes over the European markets

The overseas and Senegal's melon campaign is over and Almeria is taking over as the European markets' main source of production and supplier. This was reported by the Price…

Early watermelon imports increasingly popular in Georgia

There has been a rapid growth of Georgian watermelon imports in 2021. Last year, large early imports resulted in low prices for local producers. Over the past 8 years, imports…

The planting of melon and watermelon begins in Castilla-La Mancha with less surface area

The Melon and Watermelon Inter-branch organization of Castilla-La Mancha estimates that melon producers in the community, mainly in the province of Ciudad Real, have started…

Yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd and watermelon.

Kerala government decides to fix Minimum Support Price for five more crops

The Kerala state government has decided to fix a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for five more crops in the state. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices recommended setting MSPs for yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd, and watermelon. The department of agriculture has approved the recommendations…

Moroccan watermelons selling briskly in Sweden

Watermelons from Morocco are in demand and selling briskly in Sweden. Ramadan sales were very good driving strong early demand for watermelons. This is according to Yousef Kachama, owner of Malte Gustavsson Frukt & Bär based in Gothenburg, Sweden. “The quality of watermelons is now good. The sizes have been…

Ground-breaking multi-industry export program set to commence

Hort Innovation has recently contracted AUSVEG to deliver the industry export development program for the vegetable, onion and melon industries. The Multi-Industry Export…

Moroccan watermelon sales in the EU grew by 50.49% between 2019 and 2021

In 2021, EU Member States purchased 1,793.43 million kilos of watermelon, i.e. 3.9% more than in 2019. Spain is the country that sells the most watermelon to its community…

Jacob Aktalan, MG Fruit:

"The sunny weather means we don't have enough melons to meet demand"

"Melon sales of all kinds are going exceptionally well," says Jacob Aktalan of MG Fruit in the Netherlands. "The overseas season has also been very reasonable with relatively high prices and few real slumps. With this brilliant weather, we need both the last overseas and Spanish melons to supply the…

Lamboseeds presents Dolce Passione

Italian seedless watermelon with a black rind

Dolce Passione is the premium seedless watermelon with a black rind and a red flesh. It was officially presented at Macfrut on May 5th 2022, but market tests were carried out last year.   It is the fruit of team work that has seen Lamboseeds dealing with experiments and advanced research for 7 years, working with producers…

Launching North America's first commercially grown greenhouse melon

Greenhouse company Pure Flavor has launched a greenhouse-grown melon, which will be branded under the Solara name. “After many years of research and development, we are excited to bring the first commercially available greenhouse-grown melons to market,” said company president Jamie Moracci. While many…

Joaquin Hidalgo, General Manager of Grupo AGF Fashion: "There will be a shortage until mid-July"

"We started the Spanish watermelon campaign with much lower volumes than planned"

The watermelon season has started late in the Spanish province of Almeria, with lower volumes and quality problems caused by the impact of heavy rains and haze. The first Spanish watermelons harvested are arriving to a rather empty market due to the issues with the production in Senegal and the low…

Taiwan Tech mission conducts watermelon and apple melon variety trials in Saint Lucia

The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) is continuing trials for new crop varieties in Saint Lucia. In April, the team highlighted the production of two watermelon varieties and a…

Thomas Bos (Thomasol):

"Precipitation, rising costs make for very challenging Spanish season"

Those seeking the Spanish sun during the May vacation this year will likely be sorely disappointed. "The weather's been terrible here again this week," says Thomas Bos, who moved from the Netherlands to Alicante in 2003. His company, Thomasol, has been directly linking buyers elsewhere in Europe with…

Rio Grande do Norte harvests 300,000 tons of melons

According to data from Abrafrutas, some 40% of Brazil’s fruit exports come from Rio Grande do Norte. The state is also a leader in melon production, only the 2021/2022 crop…

Thrip plague reduced Panamanian melon and watermelon campaign production by 15%

This has been a difficult year for Panamanian melon and watermelon exporters. Thrips have decimated Panama's fruit production for exports by 15%, which was already affected by…

In spite of the delay of a few days, the sweetness of the melon has increased this year

The new campaign of the Mundial melon has just started

"With a delay of about fifteen days, the melon campaign of the Mundial Group Consortium has started last week. As is known to the operators of the sector, it includes the exclusive use of the variety Red Falcon and not only," said Domenico Raneri, president of the commercial association which includes 8…

Pricing comes down again as watermelon supplies come up

Watermelon supplies are ample again. “After a slow start to spring crops in South Florida and Northern Mexico, the volume is coming online right now in a good way. The crops are healthy and yields are good so there’s been a major change in availability in the last week,” says Mike Martori of Stella Farms…

Charentais melon planting predictions for 2022 (medFEL): historic decrease in Spain

“Surface areas tend to decrease in all production basins”

The 2022 predictions for the planting of Charentais melons in Morocco, Spain and France were revealed during the first day of medFEL last week. A survey conducted by the Interprofessional Melon Association (AIM) among seed companies, technicians and other operators of the sector in each production basin.…

Asaja Almería

"The first stages of the watermelon campaign marked by 40% drop in production"

We are in the early stages of the spring campaign, which has so far been marked by a noteworthy decrease in the production of all horticultural crops. In the case of melons and watermelons, the impact has coincided with the key moment of the pollination, which marks the crop's subsequent setting and…

Sarwat Radwan, AKL Exofresh, about the first shipments

"Pleasing market position for early watermelons from Morocco"

Classic summer fruit is now gradually arriving on the market, including watermelons, which are currently imported mainly from Africa. The supply from Senegal is now slowly coming to an end, and batches from Mauritania are being offered to tide us over. "At the beginning of week 17, we then expect the…

First watermelon from Beijing Daxing Panggezhuang listed on the market

At the start of  April, Daxing Panggezhuang, the "hometown of watermelon in China", got a bumper harvest season, and the first watermelons of 2022 have been listed one after another. In the greenhouse of the Siji Yangkun Agricultural Park in Pangezhuang Town, it was seen that the rows of vines were already…

Mantuafruit to produce zero-residue melons and organic Perla Nera watermelons

The Italian season has started with the first harvesting operations in Sicily, although production is around ten days' late. Mantuafruit sales manager Alessio Orlandi discusses the situation: "we have not forced production, as we still had the melons grown by our Senegalese company. The first harvesting…

Javier Acedo, Agroponiente: "Watermelon production in Almería can be around 50% less"

First Spanish watermelons arrive on fairly empty European market

The first Spanish watermelons have started to arrive on fairly empty markets across Europe. This is according Jorge Reig from Agroponiente Grupo, a grower and exporter of watermelon and other fruits from Spain. The quality is good with several of their producer members ready to harvest and ship…

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods:

"With the beautiful weather, the demand for Spanish stone fruit and watermelons is growing"

The first volumes of Spanish stone fruit arrived at Van Dijk Foods about 3 weeks ago. "In the beginning, the demand for stone fruit was somewhat disappointing, but with the beautiful weather at the moment, there is also a lot of demand for the fruit", says Henk Vlaeminck of Van Dijk Foods. "Certain…

Afghan fruit traders vexed by high watermelons tariffs

As the economic crisis continues to worsen in Afghanistan, local traders have complained about high tariffs being imposed upon watermelons, imported from countries like Iran…

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The potential opportunities for Australian greenhouse-grown melons for export

Protected cropping can potentially provide a niche market supply of high-quality melons from North Queensland for export in the future, according to a senior Australian horticulturist. Dr Elio Jovicich from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has been working on several projects…

The Melon and Watermelon Inter-branch organization of Castile-La Mancha calls for moderation in planting

"Prudence can be, at the moment, the region's producers' best ally"

The president of the Melon and Watermelon Inter-branch organization of Castile-La Mancha, Cristobal Jimenez, has made a call for moderation in the sowing now that the early…

Kashmir: Ramadan watermelon sales breaking all records

The Jammu and Kashmir region has been selling watermelons worth Rs 50 million (US $656,000) every day in the Kashmir valley during the month of Ramadan, breaking all records…

"We now have one of the few rare moments when there are not enough melons available in a greedy market"

Netherlands - "The melons are not touching the ground currently," says Leon van den Hombergh of Frankort & Koning. "It's the end of the season in the growing regions overseas,…

Brazilian fruit exports up 2% in volume in Q1 2022

In the first three months of the year, Brazil’s fruit exports registered a 2% increase in volume compared to the same period of the previous year. The total volume of fresh…

FreshPlaza's April Special is on Melons and Kiwifruit

FreshPlaza's April Special is on Melons and Kiwifruit. If you are a  supplier, grower or importer of melons or kiwifruit we would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com        MarketingWould you like to get some extra promotion for your company? Would you like your brand promoted on our daily newsletter or website during…

Yellow watermelons boost Panamanian exports to Europe and the US

The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) said that Panama's watermelon exports to Europe and the US were increasing as the Potuga Fruit Company and Agro export Pacific…

Uzbekistan watermelon season to start later due to weather

One of the consequences of the March weather anomalies for melon growers was the later than usual planting of seedlings of early watermelon varieties in the southern regions…

Anecoop celebrates 30 year anniversary of the watermelon that changed consumption in Europe

At the recent edition of Fruit Logistica, Anecoop presented the commercial and promotional campaign of one of its flagship products: seedless watermelon. This campaign appeals to the values of the cooperative, which are projected in its brand Bouquet, with its main strategic axis being the defense of the…

Borja Herrera, of Difrusol:

"Almeria's first watermelon harvest will start in just two weeks"

With the start of April comes also the beginning of the Spanish melon and watermelon campaign. "The watermelon and melon growers in Almeria we work with already have…

Tight watermelon supplies should start to ease

Supplies of watermelon are very short right now. Daren Van Dyke of Brawley, CA-based Five Crowns notes that there are sizeable disease problems out of the Guaymas watermelon growing region. “The crop was down but then there were also disease problems,” he says. However, the Hermosillo growing region is just…

Martori Farms & Santa Rosa Produce are merging to keep up with demand for melons

Martori Farms, grower and shipper of melons nationwide, recently announced their acquisition of Santa Rosa Produce. The merging of these two farms will increase the supply for…

Producing, picking and packing is a $70 million industry in Northern Territory

The Territory’s melon industry contributes to more than 20 percent of Australia’s production. Around 75,000 tons of melons are due to be picked locally in the coming months.…

Fruit maturity meter unveiling at Fruit Logistica 2022

Non-destructive fruit maturity meters from Felix Instruments, including the debut of its all-new Melon Quality Meter, will be showcased April 5th-7th at Berlin's Fruit Logistica 2022. Experts from Felix Instruments will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate a complete range of NIR and gas analysis…

Rolf Weber: "'SuperMini 1969' gaining popularity as snack"

Costa Rican melon season offers plenty of chances and challenges

The Costa Rican melon season is well underway at Pafru, on the Pacific Ocean in the north of that country. "We'll keep loading all melons in Costa Rica until mid-April," says Rolf Weber of the Dutch company Global Producers. "Quality and productivity have been excellent for the past ten weeks, with…

Siiimply Veggy: "Almeria's future lies in continuing to work on organic production"

"There's an upward trend in the demand for organic watermelon in Europe"

The consumption of organic food is on the rise in Europe, and in the Spanish province of Almeria, operators such as Siiimply Veggy are making it possible to supply organic fruits and vegetables all year round to meet this demand, which is on an upward trend in the continent, and is expected to continue…

We are fighting an economic war

"2022 is proving to be a very turbulent year from an agricultural point of view: we have not picked up any weapons yet, but we are certainly fighting an economic war," explains Vincenzo Di Pasquale, from the company creator of the Donnalia brand. Apricot tree "It seems like climate and production are becoming secondary aspects.…

Sheep horn honeydew melon is on the market, and the quality is better than in previous years

With the arrival of spring, the temperature gradually rises. A variety of seasonal fruits arrive on the market, and the new popular melon, the sheep horn honeydew melon, also…

Alexandra Brossard, Total Produce Indigo:

“France is the black sheep of the European market for melon imports”

“The situation is the same for many products,” explains Alexandra Brossard, sales manager of Total Produce Indigo. “There is very little merchandise, prices are high because of the very strong increase in freight costs, and the chaos in arrivals make it really complicated to keep track of our products.” Most…

Ayber Cebba from Fresh & Cash on the current season

"Spring-like temperatures have noticeably boosted demand for watermelons"

The spring-like temperatures of the past few weeks have noticeably boosted the appetite for summer fruits, such as watermelons. "We are currently distributing watermelons from Senegal and overseas, mainly Brazil and Costa Rica, and by the end of the month we expect to have the first Moroccan batches.…

Enrico Smolik, Managing Director at Smolik Obst- und Gemüse:

"The demand for melons is down somewhat"

Smolik Obst- und Gemüse has a year-round supply of melons. However, according to Managing Director Enrico Smolik, there is not much demand at the moment. "However, the melons are quite popular within mass catering, as they are easy to process and they are suitable for both consumption and decorative…

Greek watermelon growers are preparing for the season

“There are a lot of unanswered questions for the upcoming summer”

The higher prices as well as the conflict in Ukraine are leaving some uncertainties for the upcoming watermelon season in Europe. On top of that, there is no way of knowing if the weather will be hot enough for a successful watermelon season. Although summer is still a while off, the Greek watermelon producers…

Steady honeydew and cantaloupe supplies see good demand

Supplies of imported honeydew and cantaloupe melons are steady and the season should finish strong before supplies switch back to domestic product. Currently, Legend Produce LLC in Scottsdale, AZ is importing both types of melons in consistent volumes via Honduras to several ports throughout the U.S. including…

Bertus Schipper, Zoutewelle:

"Delays, high sea freight costs hampering melon market, selling prices are decent"

Melon supplies are currently experiencing container shortages too. "It's tricky getting enough containers on the ship," says Bertus Schipper of the Dutch company, Zoutewelle. "Sea freight costs have never been higher, but that's affecting everyone." "We're importing only for Costa Rica at the moment. Honduras,…

Brazil: Exports from Rio Grande do Norte up 143%

Rio Grande do Norte recorded a volume of US$ 137.4 million in exports in the months of January and February 2022, an increase of 143.6% compared to the same period in 2021.…

Watermelon and other melon trucks have priority

China-Myanmar "Golden Triangle" port reopens

According to the Myanmar Golden Phoenix News, on the afternoon of March 12, Wu Mindeng, vice chairman of the Muse Rice Trading Exchange, said that the "Golden Triangle" port that had been closed for more than a week was reopened. Wu Mindeng said that the Golden Triangle reopened, and 400 trucks would…

US acreage down this year

Light supplies of import watermelons see good demand

Supplies of watermelons currently are slimmer. Dennis Peterson of Riverbend Fresh LLC in Kerman, CA says lighter supplies of watermelons are coming from central Mexico into McAllen, TX and more limited supplies into Nogales, AZ. “The quality is okay and the sizing is normal. We’re seeing a repeat of last…

This year, Cabo Blanco Fresh Products will sell the world's first Rain Forest Alliance-certified red-fleshed dragon fruit

“Our Matisse melons from Costa Rica have reached Japan”

The largest blue zone on the planet, the one in which its inhabitants are among the longest-living on Earth, out of the 5 existing ones, is located in the Nicoya Peninsula, in Costa Rica. Many factors are behind this longevity (and are widely researched), but among the most noteworthy are the quality of…

Yunnan Province

Chinese officials close watermelon market in Ruili after Covid-19 outbreak

China has closed a watermelon market in a town in Yunnan Province after there a cluster of transmissions was reported. Chinese authorities have closed Wanding and the city of…

Great timing and generational knowledge helped produce a sweet and unique New Zealand crop

Watermelon grower hits the sweet spot

If there is one thing Isikeli Maka has learned in his 50-plus years of working the land, it is that timing is everything. Back in his home country of Tonga, the cyclone season has growers calculating the best times to plant and harvest. “If you don't get it right, you will lose everything,” Isikeli says.…

Brazil: Grape harvest in Bento Gonçalves saw high quality yields

The grape harvest in Bento Gonçalves and region is approaching its end. In the next few weeks the vines should no longer display bunches of grapes, as the harvest is in the…

Panama exported 270 containers of seedless watermelon to the United States and Europe

Panama exported 270 containers of seedless watermelon to the United States and Europe. 80 containers were sent to Europe and 190 containers were destined for the US market, 50…

Chinese market conditions for Hainan muskmelons and watermelons are better than last year

Hainan is an island with unique weather conditions. Hainan farmers can grow three watermelons in three seasons per year. One crop is planted in autumn and harvested in winter. The second crop is planted in winter and harvested in spring. And the third crop is planted in spring and harvested in summer.…


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