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Germany: 'Colouring of the first blood oranges is not yet optimal'
Time: 2017/12/28 16:32:24 -
When the holidays are around the corner, the demand for citrus with red pulp increases. Blood oranges in particular adorn many Christmas tables in Germany with their beautiful, red colours. The first lots of the "Tarocco" and "Moro" varieties have already arrived in Germany. "Their quality in terms of juiciness and taste is excellent; only the colouration of the first consignments is not quite optimal," says Jörg Wilhelm (vendor/seller of Llombart Handels- und Treuhandelsgesellschaft mbh, Lahr).

The main varieties of the Llombart company: Tarocco and Moro

Most Sicilian varieties need a night temperature of about 4 to 5 degrees to get their distinctive colour. At the moment it is still a bit too warm, but with the generally lower temperatures at the start of January this is likely to change. "Pricewise, these products are at a similar level as last year," said Mr Wilhelm.

At the beginning of the new year, goods from other southern European countries are also being purchased, in order to meet demand. Wilhelm: "This article is an ideal and popular product in the cold season. At the end of January, the "Sanguinelli" blood oranges from Spain will be added, and they are gaining in importance every year."

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Llombart has been trading in fruit and vegetables for more than 50 years. The company has a very mixed product range including stone and citrus fruits, salads and vegetables of all kinds. Llombart now also has a sister company in Spain, with branches in Almeria and Andalusia. That company mainly deals with exports to Scandinavia, England, Canada and the USA. The domestic market -as well as Austria and Italy- are supplied directly from Germany.
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