Asparagus season starts later than usual
Image by Shutterstock.com
Hungary's asparagus season started at the end of April, later than usual, and is expected to run until mid-June, according to an analysis by the Agricultural Research Institute (AKI), writes napi.hu.
Farm gate prices for locally-grown asparagus are 12% higher than a year earlier, according to the analysis.
In late April and early May, asparagus was going for HUF 2,000/kg at Budapest's big wholesale produce market.
Hungarian farmers harvest 5,600-6,700 tonnes of asparagus annually, according to data from recent years. Last year, the value of asparagus exports rose 15% to HUF 2.66 billion.
Hungary exported 1,090 tonnes of asparagus to Germany, 537 tonnes to Switzerland, 245 tonnes to Sweden and 221 tonnes to Finland.
Total asparagus production in the European Union came to 315,400 tonnes last year.
Germany accounted for around 40% of the crop.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.