The tropical fruit kumquat, known as the “golden orange” by the Chinese and rich in vitamin C, has taken its place among the agricultural products of Izmir. The first harvest was made from kumquats planted for trial purposes 2 years ago in Izmir.
In order to diversify the range of agricultural products of Izmir, kumquat, which is 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 the district of Seferihisar .
In the experimental production of kumquat, which grows mainly in the Mediterranean region in Turkey, with about 400 trees, 1500 kilos of 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 grow and become more productive.
Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association President Hayrettin Uçar, who carried out the trial production in his garden, said they aim to make kumquat grown in pots and gardens 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 citrus family kumquat in Seferihisar about 2 years ago, Uçar said, “We decided to plant the kumquat, which I grew in pots, on the land due to its high economic return 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 growers 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 until now, increases in Turkey , its importation 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 was carried out in Izmir. Planting of saplings like Satsuma tangerine is not planned for 7-8 years. It grows on dwarf trees. The prices are also good. It is sold in the markets for 25 to 30 lira. It cannot be wholesaled for less than 15-20 lira. Lots of work, of course. Its yield per tree is lower than that of mandarins, but the price satisfies the grower. I made the first harvest, I am satisfied. We will increase our kumquat planting 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 about a thousand tons of kumquat in the Aegean Sea in the coming years, there will be significant added value.