Fruits in Israel – Calendar and Prices
What months in Israel ripen the delicious strawberries, tangerines, dates, pomegranates and other fruits? What are the prices for fruits in stores and markets? How to buy cheap? What fruits respect and love the Israelis themselves? How many fruit grow? Read the answers in this article.
Note. Further, in the course of this article, we will give prices in Israeli shekels, as prices in stores will be in Shekels. Only in Eilat stores take dollars and euros, but by a terribly disadvantageous course. To understand what prices are in rubles or dollars, see the official course in our article "Money in Israel" or use our convenient Calculator of Israeli Shekel.
More Note. The collection season for each fruit from year to year can change for a week, two or even a month depends on the weather. For example, in 2019 there was a shift of the seasons of the feet of almost a month due to cold weather in April and May.
Important moment when buying fruit
Israel Country has long been officially transferred to the metric system. However, before the formation of the state, Israel was controlled by the British, and the traditions of using a pound as a measure of weight remained.
In addition, as in many countries, packaging for half a kilogram is popular here. As a result, in the markets and in stores, tourists are often not obvious, for which weight is the price announced – per kilogram, for packaging or maybe for the pound of weight? And merchants in the markets are the more not missing the chance to deceive tourists.
So that our respected readers do not overpay and have not become a victim of deception, publish the name of weight measures in Hebrew. We hope that the browser of your smartphone or computer will be able to correctly display the letters of Hebrew.
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We understand that Hebrew is difficult to read, but still we hope that these words will help to avoid deception or mistakes in stores and markets.
Buy fruit on Friday – can be profitable
Saturday in Israel Shabbat. Most stores close at lunch on Friday and open only on Sunday morning.
Naturally, merchants are trying to sell a perishable goods in any way. And fresh fruit is not stored for a long time. It is on Friday that there are big discounts. In the markets of traders if they do not declare discounts, then they are much easier to strone with them, especially if you take a lot.
Fruit Calendar in Israel
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Most popular fruits
gather Season: December to March.
Now in Israel strawberries grown in hydroponic greenhouses, harvested mainly in winter. However, farmers are developing the technology to get the crop all year round. For example, in the commune Kibbutz already learned how to get the harvest year-round. Probably in 10 years already learn throughout Israel.
Israel made great strides in the strawberry crop yields – 200 tonnes yield per hectare. But this achievement is only in the amount of. Israeli strawberry quality many consider low – the berries are not lacking in flavor and sweetness.
Israelis grow about 30 000 tonnes of strawberries per year, which is about 25 th place in the world. Almost all of this strawberry is consumed domestically, exports are very small – no more than 3 000 tonnes. This is not surprising, because the export price for the Israeli strawberries huge – about 7 US dollars per kilogram. It is logical that at that price to buy it in the international market do not want to.
Now almost all the Israeli strawberry has the status of "ECO". That is, grown without use of pesticides and other chemicals to combat pests and diseases. However, dressing fertilizers still make.
Price in shops – 10-15 NIS per kilo.
Some farms in Israel (those two ten) offer a very interesting service. You can visit them on a tour, look at the process of growing strawberries and eat it as much as you like. The price of this tour – from 30 to 50 shekels.
gather Season: May to November.
Peach – a main summer stone fruit in Israel, as it is affordable compared with apricots and plums. Israeli peaches are considered to be of very high quality.
Israelis grow 60,000 tons of peaches and nectarines in a year. And about 80% of them are eaten by themselves as sold for export to them quite difficult. Israeli peaches are sold on the world market of large bulk of 1.4-1.5 US dollars per kilogram, and we have Turkish peaches are in retail stores for about the same price.
Wholesale price the Turks twice lower. The only objective advantage of peaches from Israel in the global market is earlier maturation, about a month earlier than in Turkey or Spain.
Perhaps in the future the situation will change for the better. In 2017-2018, the Israelis planted another 200 hectares of peach trees.
The price of peaches in stores in the collection season – from 8 to 12 shekels per kilogram. Please note that in Israel Peaches and nectarines are sold at about one price. Flat peaches and nectarines here are very rare.
Collection season: May and June.
Israel grown very little apricots – only 6,500 tons. For comparison, approximately the same apricot is grown in cold Austria or Switzerland. This lacks even the Israelis themselves, accounts for less than a kilogram per person per year.
Apricot trees on Israeli soil grow and fruit badly. But the Israelis are not dull, try to grow all new varieties, and now there are 150 subspecies in the country. Israeli scientists have been working on their varieties of apricots for 10 years, which would feel well in the local climate or be fruitful in another season. But so far there are no weighty results.
However, now a interesting experiment is carried out – the new grade landed in Ein-Yakhav that in the south-east of the country. It is assumed that these apricots will ripen in March! It would be interesting, wait, see.
Apricot price in stores in the collection season – from 15 to 20 shekels per kilogram. We don’t recommend buying a lot at once, it is better to try, because the Israeli apricots are not famous for the taste. You can buy in stores until mid-July.
And we remind you that apricots do not withstand long-term storage even in the refrigerator. It is necessary to immediately. And if you decide to bring home, buy apricots in the last days of vacation, so that the fruits "lived" before the arrival of home.
Collection season: November and December.
Pikes are collected and sold in a sluggish form. Therefore, they are available all year round, and prices do not change during the year. The main thing is that the dates are the last harvest.
Israelis grow a little dates – about 45,000 tons per year, this is the 16th place in the world. But also consume them is not so actively as neighboring Muslims. As a result, Israel is the third exporter of dates in the world. Prices for Israeli dike wholesale low – from 3 to 6 dollars per kilogram depends on the variety.
Probably noticed in large supermarkets in Russia trays with oriental sweets, spices and dried fruits. There are selling beautiful and large dates called "Royal". Here are these dates from Israel, the variety is called "Majul".
And they are about 1500 rubles for a kilogram, and in Israel – 30 shekels! The difference in prices is obvious and weighty. Therefore, if the dikes like, then buy and carry. Moreover, dates have a huge shelf life.
Prices for Majul dates in Israel – from 30 to 50 shekels per kilogram. For a simpler grade "Diglet Nur" – from 15 shekels per kilogram.
Interesting moment that in Israel the price may depend on the size of the fruit. The same Majul dates sort into large and small. The largest and most beautiful can cost up to 100 shekels per kilogram.
Collection season: From November to April.
Israeli oranges are well known to the Russians since the time of the USSR. Many remember the box with the inscription "Jaffa". This is an Israeli variety of oranges, also known as "Shamuti", but he is not the only one in Israel and is not even dominant in the country. More grown variety "Most" as a more crop.
Israeli oranges are considered one of the best in the world, exported to 45 countries of the world, and the main buyers are France, Holland and Scandinavian countries. In Israel, there are not so many oranges – about 90,000 tons, and it is not enough for export and internal consumption. Hence relatively high prices.
The list of basic buyers of famous oranges Jaffa also includes Russia. That is, you can buy these oranges and we have. However, in our supermarkets, it is difficult to learn them, as they are usually not disclosed by the manufacturer, although the law obliges it to do.
An amazing moment that the Israelites grow oranges less than mandarins and even grapefruits. In most countries, the other way around.
Price on oranges during the collection season – from 5 to 8 shekels per kilogram.
Collection season: from November to March.
Mandarin in Israel is the main citrus fruit, the total production volume – about 220,000 tons. And he is the main winter fruit for the Israelis. Half volume goes on export.
The famous Israeli grade of Mandarins is called "Ori", is Israeli scientists in the late 70s. This variety is 60% of all production and 85% export. The main advantages of this variety – easy cleaning of the peel, magnificent taste, almost complete absence of bones.
Mandarin Ori appear in stores in January, the season ends in March. Learn them easy, usually hanging small stickers with a variety name, so the Israelites promote their brand.
On New Year’s and Christmas tables in Europe, Mandarin Ori do not appear, because they do not have time to mature. However, in 2018, the Israelis began to actively promote them in China under the Chinese New Year. The idea is interesting, but most likely unpromising, since the main color of the Chinese New Year is red, and the tangerines are orange. Let’s see that the Israelites will succeed.
Price on tangerines in the collection season – from 5 to 8 shekels per kilogram. However, the price may vary depending on the volume of the harvest in a specific year.
Collection season: from August to February.
About 60,000 tons of pomegranates are grown in Israel, of which 30 000 goes to export. Among the main buyers and Russia. Israeli grenades are considered very good quality.
The main graded grades in Israel called "Vanderful" (from English "amazing"), it accounts for 60% of the production in the country. These grenades are distinguished by a pleasant taste and often very large sizes, stored extremely long – up to 3 months in the refrigerator. An interesting point that exports to Western Europe are mainly shipped by the fruits of small sizes, and in Russia mostly large fruits.
Vanderful variety available from October to December. Other varieties are ripening already in August: AKKO, Shani, 116, Hershkovich. But these early varieties are valued much less than Vanderful.
Price for grenades in the collection season – from 3 to 6 shekels per kilogram. The price is highly dependent on the variety and season. Early grenades are usually more expensive.
The world is famous for Israeli pomegranate wine, which is very popular as a gift from Israel.
Collection season: from May to August.
Israelis are not so many figs – only 2400 tons per year. Yes, and the popularity of this fruit among the Israelis is low, figs still have to search for shopping.
Inzir in Israel more use not fresh, but in jam and baking, and naturally in dried form. The Israelis are actively experimenting with new varieties, the zebra and "pear" varieties are already distributed here. We highly recommend trying Zebra’s grade, which is more sweet to taste and is distinguished by an interesting coloring – in a green-yellow strip. And as a gift it is recommended first of all.
"Peaching" figs are also very colorful. Externally really resembles a pear. When tourists see it for the first time, they even doubt the pear it or still fig. The taste of this fig is quite interesting.
Prices for figs in Israel vary greatly from the season and variety. Price – from 30 to 100 shekels per kilogram. Dried figs can cost up to 200 shekels per kilogram.
Collection season: from May to September.
In Israel, several hundred grape varieties are grown – these are canteens and wine varieties. The quality is very different, depends on the variety, region and weather conditions. Therefore, if it was aimed to buy Israeli grapes, then be sure to try, and then take a big party.
Grow a little – about 66,000 tons per year, it is 57 place in the world. Israeli grapes are actively exported despite the translated wholesale prices – 2-4 US dollars per kilogram. Here a role is played by the Eco Prefix, because Eco-products are now very popular in Europe. Main buyers: France, Holland, Germany, United Kingdom. In Russia, Israeli grapes are unlikely to meet, again because of the transcendental price.
Israel has a popular entertainment – excursions to vineyards and winery. Usually such a tour costs 30-40 shekels, includes a visit to the vineyard, the workshops on the drying of raisins and winery. It is possible to see how grapes in Israel on eco-technologies grown in Israel. With me usually give a kilogram or two fresh grapes.
Price for grapes in the collection season – 15-30 shekels per kilogram. Prices are and higher at certain moments of the season, depends on which varieties have already managed to mature, what else. Differences in the price of red and white grapes are almost no.
Watermelons and melons
Collection season: from April to October.
Watermelons and melons in Israel expensive, even very expensive. The fact is that there is a lot of water for their cultivation, and the water in Israel is a deficit. Therefore, yields are now low – only 90,000 tons per year of watermelons. Melons a little less – about 75,000 tons. Even at the beginning of the 00s, the Israelis were grown 3 times more, but then the situation in the global market has deteriorated sharply, and the sowing areas have adapted for more favorable cultures.
Shocking digit: average wholesale price of watermelons in Israel: 0.57 dollars per kilogram! We have a few times cheaper in the Retail Watermelon Retail Stores.
Interesting moment that in Israel, watermelons and melons are approximately the same. And if the prices for watermelons from our point of view seem astronomical, then the prices for melons seem … just high.
Israelis are proud of their Galia F-1 melon varieties, which Israeli scientists have specifically derived for the specific conditions of their region. This melon taste is quite interesting, we recommend trying. These melons are spherical in shape, pale-yellow in color, something reminds of the common variety of "collective farmers".
Price for watermelons and melons – from 3 to 5 shekels per kilogram.
Tips for tourists
– If you want to bring fruits home, remember the restrictions. Read our article "What you can not export from Israel that you can and how much";
– In Israel, they love to add "Bio" and "Eco" to the title of the product. And at the same time to increase the price by 50-250%. How much such fruits are really better and more useful than ordinary? The question is open;
– Do not forget that fruit fragile. Just imagine that if the watermelon breaks in the suitcase when flying back? Probably juice will fill and ruin all things inside. We strongly recommend all fruits to pack in plastic bags and tie these packages to pouch;
– Prices for vegetables and other foods in Israel, see our article "Prices for products in Israel";
– What else can be brought from Israel, except fruits, read in our article "What to bring from Israel";
Have a good holiday in Israel, and read our interesting articles about this country (List of articles below).