Hortovilla started the first asparagus harvests at the beginning of March with “just OK” quality, due to the lack of rain and to the cold weather, which dropped to 5-6 degrees during some nights, causing a slowdown in the growth of the spears. However, the forecasts for this campaign are good and they expect to reach a volume that is similar to last year’s, around one million kilos (all of them in green asparagus) on 250 hectares of cropland.
The cooperative from Villanueva Mesía (Granada) markets fresh produce in bundles of different formats (250, 350, 400 and 500 grams), depending on the client’s requirements. Additionally, its range also includes asparagus tips, a convenient alternative for consumers, as it saves them time and makes cooking easier.
Ecological production could be amongst the next projects by the cooperative from Granada. “We are studying the possibilities it offers,” the manager, Carlos Ortega, explained to Fruit Today.
The produce from Hortovilla is present in the main European countries, as well as more distant destinations such as Dubai and Canada, where they have a short commercial window from the 10th of April to the 10th of May.