Fruits in Tunisia – Calendar and Prices
What months in Tunisia ripen delicious peaches, apricots, melons, dikes and other fruits? What are the prices in stores and markets? What fruits respect and love tunisians? Have a good fruit in Tunisia? Read the answers in this article.
Prices in this article were updated in March 2020.
Note. Further, in the course of the article, we will give prices in Tunisian dinars. Recall that trade for dollars or euros in Tunisia is prohibited, although hotels are often practiced in hotels. Fruits most likely have to buy for dinars. Actual course, see our article "Tunisian Dinar". And read our article "Currency exchange in Tunisia".
Have a good fruit in Tunisia?
Agricultural methods in Tunisia remain traditional. Here prefer traditional varieties of fruits and almost do not use pesticides and inorganic fertilizers.
Numbers speak for themselves. For example, take peaches. Tunisians are collected from hectares of 96.6 centners, which is a normal indicator. Greeks or the French collect 230 centners, Spaniards 215.
Now some readers will say: "Yes, this is ineffective methods of agriculture!"
So that’s great. It is advantageous to consumers to ensure that the fruit gardens are not filled with pesticides and the superphosphate bags did not pour into the soil. According to UN FAO in Tunisia, only 60 kilograms of inorganic fertilizers for hectares of soil are used in Tunis. This is a very low indicator.
Tunisia – the country is hot, fruit here easily manage to dial sweetness and taste. Here they do not use new "progressive" varieties of fruits that grow large sizes, but can’t dial tasks and sugar.
And another interesting moment. Tunisian fruits in Russia are almost not supplied. According to the latest available statistics (2017), exports to Russia amounted to only 874 tons, and mostly these were. To try Tunisian fruits, you need to go to Tunisia.
Fruit collection calendar in Tunisia
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* – dates in slurred form are available all year round, and fresh dates in Tunisia are not popular.
Peaches and nectarines
Harvesting season: from May to September.
In Tunisia love peaches. According to the latest official statistics of 2017, Tunisians raised 127,000 tons (20th place in the world), of which 110,000 tons were eaten by themselves. Yields grow every year. This article is published in 2019, and the crop is already predicted 151,000 tons (17th place in the world). For such a small country as Tunisia is huge numbers.
Middle Tunisian eats more than 10 kilograms of peaches per year. Eating not only fresh, but also in baking, in the form of jams and jams, dried fruits. Peaches – this is also indescribable beauty. In March, peach trees bloom, tender-pink flowers, looks amazing.
The price of peaches in stores in the collection season – 3.5-4 dinars per kilogram.
An interesting point that in Tunisia ordinary and flat peaches sell at one price. Carrying home ordinary round peaches from a financial point of view of great meaning there is no meaningful, but the flat are very profitable, since we have more than 1.5-2 times.
Prices for nectarines – 4-5 dinars per kilogram.
Harvesting season: May and June.
But apricots are not so popular. And they are not so profitable to grow them for Tunisians as peaches, since the season is very short and yield below. And most importantly – wholesale prices for apricots in Tunisia are lower, which is surprising, in other countries, on the contrary. The average wholesale price of peaches – 520 USD per ton, and apricots total 470 USD per ton.
So even in the apricot season is not in every store. Production volume – 31,000 tons, this is the 21st place in the world. Of these, 25,000 tunisians eat themselves.
A variety of apricot varieties in Tunisia is very large. In 2010, a genetic study of Tunisian apricots was conducted. Scientists revealed 5 groups of varieties, and these groups were very different from a genetic point of view. There are sweet varieties and with sourness, with a pronounced taste and "fresh".
Therefore, the main rule for tourists: first try, and then buy in large quantities. Unfortunately, the brightness of taste and the sweetness of the apricot is not directly related to the brightness of the color and size. Therefore, the surest way to find out is to try.
Apricot price in stores in the collection season – 3-4 dinars per kilogram.
Harvesting season: from April to June.
Strawberries in Tunisia are grown in small quantities – only 10 thousand tons per year. For comparison, global volume – 10 million tons. All her strawberries Tunisians consume themselves, cases of exports are single. Tunisians began to grow strawberries only in the early 90s, and before that moment she was for them exotic.
Almost all Tunisian strawberries are growing in the province (Mukhafase). Tourists are more famous for the resort of the raider – the capital of this province, famous for the home in the country of the Hitter of Oranges and the Center for the production of Tunisian ceramics.
To taste Tunisian strawberries are very diverse. The fact is that there is some common variety in Tunisia. They are still experimenting, identify the most suitable grade for its climate. Since the tunisians are actively mastering the early and late satisfying varieties, then the strawberry season is likely in Tunisia in the future will last longer.
Therefore, we have only one advice: first you definitely try, and then buy in large quantities if you like. But usually Tunisian strawberries are delicious and sweet, except for early grades that are available in March.
The price of strawberries in stores in the collection season – 6-7 dinars per kilogram.
Harvest Collection Season: From July to November.
A lot of grapes are grown in Tunisia by the standards of such a small country. 140,000 tons of grapes of table varieties, and about as many wine.
Grapes of wine varieties are grown on the peninsula Cap Bon (the province of the raider already mentioned by us) – approximately 80%. Two thirds of the vineyards and wineries of the country belongs to Les Vignerons de Carthage. A year in Tunisia produces 40 million liters of wine, and half of it drink tourists in the hotels All Inclusive.
The stores are mainly represented tables of varieties that are grown in the provinces of Ben Arus, which is in the north-west of Hammamet, and in the province of Sidi Buzida, which is in the center of the country. Dominant grade in stores is white and red muscat.
Price for grapes in stores in the collection season – 3-5 dinars per kilogram depends on the variety.
Interesting moment that in Tunisian stores it is not customary to write grape variety, and do not write about whether grapes or without bones. Choose in such a situation. Need to try.
Harvesting season: from November to April.
Those tourists who traveled for excursions to a raider or under the UDNA-Bahus-Bahus program "most likely saw a large statue of a vase with oranges at the entrance to the city of. This statue declares: a raider is the citrus capital of Tunisia. More than half of the volume of oranges, mandarins and lemons are grown in the raid.
In total, about 120,000 tons of oranges grown in Tunisia. Approximately half goes to export, and 96% of this export to France. That is, meet Tunisian oranges anywhere else is almost unreal. Do not miss the opportunity, try. Moreover, oranges are still stored for a very long time and actually available all year. In the hotels of All Inclusive at the buffet, oranges are almost always.
There are several varieties in Tunisia, the main varieties are Maltese, Mostlin, Meski, Valencia. Oranges here are different to taste, there are sweet, there is a mustard, there is with sour. Be sure to try before buying a lot.
Price on oranges in stores in the collection season – 1.5-2.5 dinars per kilogram.
Mandarins and Clementines
Harvest Collection Season: From November to May.
Tunisia grows very little mandarins and clementines – only 69,000 tons per year. Tunisians eat them all themselves, almost nothing comes to export. Not in every store on the shelves will find tangerines even in the collection season.
By the way, Tunisians do not see a big difference between tangerines, tangerines and Clementines. To be honest, so much hybrids are already displayed now that everything is already entangled, and not only Tunisians.
Unfortunately, tangerines and clementines are stored not so long as oranges. The collection season does not coincide at all with the tourist, and therefore not all tourists manage to try Tunisian tangerines. About the tourist season, read in our article "Weather in Tunisia for months".
Price on tangerines in stores in the collection season – 2.5-3.5 dinars per kilogram. However, in the peak of the season, when Mandarins become quite a lot, they begin to sell with big discounts. Just in the photo above, see the share from Carrefour supermarkets.
Watermelons and melons
Harvest Collection Season: From April to December.
Tunisian watermelons are considered very high quality, appreciated in Europe. About 540,000 tons of watermelons are grown in Tunisia a year (19th place in the world), and most of the crop goes to export. Major buyers of Tunisian watermelons: Italy, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, France.
Melon Tunisians grown in smaller quantities – 100,000 tons per year (26th place in the world). Melon from Tunisia are worth not less than watermelon.
Some stores sell watermelons and melons. That is, a fixed price is declared, and the seller offers the fruits of a certain scatter of weight. For example, watermelons weighing from 8 to 10 kilograms at a price of 10 dinars. Or melon weighing 2-2.5 kilogram at a price of 3.5 dinar.
It is believed that Tunisian watermelons and melons can be dangerous – infected with pathogenic bacteria. This opinion has no real evidence nor refutation. While cases of mass poisoning was not.
Price for watermelons in the collection season – 1-1.2 dinar per kilogram.
Price on melons in the collection season – 1.5-2 dinars per kilogram.
First of all, we recommend to eat melons, as melon prices in Tunisia are very low, if we compare with Russia. And variety of melon varieties here is a huge.
Harvest Collection Season: From September to December.
Tunisian grenades are considered one of the best in the world, if not the best. The edibility of the fruits of pomegranates from Tunisia reaches a record 90%. Tunisian pomegranates have thin skin and soft seeds.
In 2017, the harvest reached the record – 74,500 tons. Almost half of the pomegranates (33,000 tons) comes from the region and the city of Gabes. Also, many pomegranates are grown in the area of Kairuan and in the north of the country – in Bizerte and Zaguan.
The most common variety is called "Kadhuri", such grenades are large in size and bright red. The second common variety is called "Hammuri", these fruits are smaller in size, but more juicy, softer and sweeter.
Tunisians love grenades. Eating not only fresh, but also make beautiful jams and syrups. And of course, a lot of pomegranate juice produces, which is actively exported, including in the EU countries and the Persian Gulf.
The price of grenades during the collection season – 1-2.5 dinars per kilogram depends on the variety.
Harvest Collection Season: November and December.
The main thing is that you need to know about the dates – they are sold and eaten drnamed, and the fruits knocked right on the branch, they are already collecting. Of course, fresh dates are found, but it is tasteless, although someone likes.
Dried dates are available all year round. The main thing is to see the information on the package so that the dates were the last harvest. And let him not bother that the dates were collected in November, but buy them in August. Even in this case, the dates are suitable for use and very tasty. The shelf life of dried dates can reach three years if the necessary storage conditions are observed.
In the 2017-2018 season, the harvest of dates in Tunisia exceeded a record mark of 300,000 tons. Tunisia ranks 10th in the world in terms of production. But since the population of the country is small, then more than two thirds of this volume goes to export. As a result, Tunisia is the 1st exporter of dates.
You can buy Tunisian dates in our supermarkets. For example, excellent brand dates Baraka from Cepping. However, the price! We have these dates 400-500 rubles per kilogram, in Tunisia there are only 10 dinars per kilogram or cheaper. Consider the difference! Take a dates from Tunisia profitable.
75% of the dates grown here are a variety of "Money Nur", they are oblong and moderately sweet. Very interesting grade is called "Kenta", it is a dates with a bright color, moderately sweet, semihow. But it is difficult to buy them, there are rare.
Price on dates in Tunisia – 10-12 dinars per kilogram.
Harvesting season: from May to August.
Plums in Tunisia are not in demand. Grow only 15,500 tons per year, a third goes to export. Plum stores do not even have in stock in season. Tunisian plums are not famous for quality – strong middling. Try and buy if you like it.
Price on plums during the collection season – 4-5 dinars per kilogram.
Harvesting season: from June to October.
The situation is similar as with plums. Do not really love pears. Vintage – only 16,000 tons. Tunisian pears are delicious and juicy, but there is no extraordinary in them. Try and buy if you like it.
Price on pears in the collection season – 4-5 dinars per kilogram.
Harvesting season: from June to October.
But the tunisian apples grows a lot – 120,000 tons per year, and all eat themselves. Apple here is used everywhere: in the jam, pastries, sweet dishes, in a dried form, in the jacket, and of course orange juice is very common.
Apples grow in almost all regions of the country, hundreds of hundreds. Unlikely we can advise any variety. Try and choose. Now Tunisians are mastering late varieties, and fresh apples are available in stores in November and December.
The price of apples in the collection season – 4-5 dinars per kilogram.
If you decide to bring fruit from Tunisia
First, remember the limitations by quantity. Customs of Tunisia is not against the export of fruit tourists in any quantities, but at the entrance to Russia, the amount is limited. Read our article "What can not and can be removed from Tunisia".
Secondly, buy fruit into one of the last days of rest. After all, fruits in Tunisia are sold fresh, recently from the branch. If you buy on the first day, then before returning home, fruits can simply not "live".
Thirdly, it is better to go to the market. In Carrefour Supermarkets, Monoprix or Magazin General cannot be bargained, and you fully deserve a discount if you buy a lot. Learn the location of the nearest market is better at the hotel guide or at the hotel staff.
You can come even easier – ask taxi drivers. They recommend a very good market, but do not be surprised that the market will be far. They also need to earn.
Fourth, carefully spare fruit. Any whipped peach or grenade with its juice can spoil all things in a suitcase. Be sure to pack the fruits in plastic bags and finish close.
Tips for tourists
– Some fruits in Tunisia imported and pretty expensive. For example, bananas – 3-4 dinars per kilogram, which is more expensive than us;
– It is very profitable to buy fruit on Friday markets, read about them in the article "Friday in Tunisia";
– What else can be brought, except fruits, read in our article "What to bring from Tunisia".
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