The morel and raspberry harvest is underway. Over the next few weeks, Norwegian cherries will be in place in the grocery shops, but cool weather will give raspberries trouble.
In its weekly report on production and the market in the fruit and vegetable industry, the Norwegian Directorate of Agriculture states that the cold weather is currently producing little raspberries, and that large quantities of raspberries are not expected until August.
The harvesting of Norwegian black cherries is slowly underway, and within a week or two it will be possible to find Norwegian black cherries in the shops.
For strawberry growers, the season is still challenging. While earlier this summer there were problems with overripe berries due to heat, it is now cold and wet – which causes the berries to ripen slowly.
With a cold spring and long flowering, the forecasts for this year’s fruit crops look bad. According to the directorate, preliminary figures show a reduction of about 2,000 tonnes of apples compared to last year.
After a hailstorm on 2 July in Telemark, this can be further reduced. For plums, the forecast is not good either, a reduction of over 1,000 tonnes is expected compared to last year, which was admittedly a very good year for plum producers.
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