Maturation: August – October Availability: September – May
The apple tree is one of the widespread fruit-bearing trees around the world. Apples are part of human dietary history since the dawn of time. They are renowned in Greek and Roman mythology as symbols of love and beauty. The European Union is a major exporter of apples. The varieties grown in Greece are distinguished by their quality, taste, texture and distinctive aroma. With a captivating bright colour, tight and crunchy flesh, sweet yet slightly sour taste, in a discreet and pleasant way, Greek apples are the ideal choice for a healthy desert or snack. Apples are grown across roughly 15,000 hectares in Greece and annual production amounts to 350,000 tonnes, while this is the second largest, area-wise, arboriculture of foliage, fruit-bearing trees after peach. Groves expand across the country, with a significant part of the production being located in Northern Greece, in the Prefectures of Imathia and Pella.
Maturation: August – October; availability: September – April.
Kiwi is a fruit representative of winter. It has a distinctive appearance with a brown, hair-like skin and juicy light green skin with edible small black seeds and a sweet and sour taste. The cultivation of kiwis in Greece has been continuously on the rise in recent years and the country now ranks third in kiwi exports on the global scale. The most popular variety grown in Greece is Hayward, which is principally grown in the Prefectures of Imathia and Pieria, in Northern Greece.