Kumquat added to list of Izmir agricultural products

Tropical fruit kumquat, nicknamed “golden orange” by the Chinese and rich in vitamin C, has taken its place among Izmir’s agricultural products. The first harvest was made from kumquat trees planted for trial purposes 2 years ago in Izmir.

In order to diversify Izmir’s range of agricultural products, kumquat, also called “golden orange” and its shape is likened to lemon and its color is orange, was produced on a land of 5 decares in Seferihisar district.

In the experimental production of kumquat, which grows mainly in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, with about 400 trees, 1500 kilograms of the product were obtained. It was noted that although the trees are still small, their productivity is high and the amount of fruit is expected to increase to 8 tons once the trees have grown and become more productive.

The president of the Association of Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Hayrettin Uçar, who carried out the trial production in his garden, said they aimed to make kumquat grown in pots and gardens of amenity in Izmir an important commercial product in the Aegean region by growing it in large gardens. just like tangerines.

Explaining that he started growing kumquat from the citrus family in Seferihisar about 2 years ago, Uçar said, “We decided to plant the kumquat, which I grew in pots, on the land considering for its high economic efficiency and health benefits. The kumquat is a fruit with high added value. We will try to increase production in the coming period. I also recommend it to manufacturers. I invite our producers to grow kumquats on their empty land.

Explaining that they are presenting the kumquats they have harvested in the domestic market at the moment, President Ucak said that as the production of kumquat, which has been imported as an exotic fruit so far, increases in Turkey. , its import will end, and they aim to export in the future with the increase in production.

Noting that kumquat can be eaten raw, it can also be eaten in the form of jam, marmalade, pickles and can be used in cakes and cakes, Uçar said:

“The first commercial trial plantation took place in Izmir. Planting young trees like the Satsuma tangerine is not planned for 7 to 8 years. It grows on dwarf trees. The prices are also good. It is sold in the markets for 25-30 lire. It cannot be sold for less than 15-20 lira wholesale. Lots of work, of course. Its yield per tree is lower than that of mandarins, but the price satisfies the producer. I made the first harvest, I am satisfied. We will be increasing our kumquat plantation area in the coming period. We must multiply our variety. Izmir satsuma is very famous. But when there is variety, it is sold at prices that will satisfy the grower. He concluded his remarks by saying that when we produce around a thousand tonnes of kumquat in the Aegean Sea in the coming years, there will be significant added value.

Amalia H. Mercado