Calinda: The Healthy, Sustainable Strawberry
The sixth season of Calinda, the tastiest strawberry that the Mediterranean countries have to offer, commences mid-January at Special Fruit.
This year, the crop looks promising from the start and is estimated to yield 5.5 million kilograms of crunchy strawberries.
Recent research by IFAPA (Andalusian Institute for Research & Training in Agriculture) has revealed that the Calinda strawberry is healthier than other Huelva varieties.
It contains the highest amount of vitamin C and antioxidants. So, the strawberry not only has a deep red iconic shape and a sweet, juicy taste, but also turns out to be super healthy.
Special Fruit has selected nine top Calinda growers, who together cover an area of over 130 hectares.
All growers follow sustainable farming practices, and many have already joined the 'SPRING' audit system, which is a part of Global Gap. It supervises the legal use of water in the Doñana area.
Meanwhile, Calinda strawberries are also being cultivated in Morocco and Egypt.
Polina Valkanova, product manager, Calinda, said, "We are delighted that we are on the same page with all our growers.
"Our growers have been working with the Calinda variety for several years now and are therefore very experienced. It is a wonderful collaboration that can only lead to a beautiful product."
The advantages of Calinda include:
- Intense, sweet taste
- Beautiful shape and colour
- Firm bite with soft and juicy flesh
- Long shelf life: less loss, more profit
- The healthiest Huelva variety
- Integrated and sustainable supply chain under the direction of Special Fruit
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