Sun-drenched Moroccan Nadorcott mandarins
While winter still prevails in Western Europe and the trees remain bare, sun-kissed Nardorcott mandarins make their way to us from Morocco.
The orange fruit is grown by Soumia Lomri und Emile Grac, on their farm, Les Vergers Bio. Situated between the port city of Essaouira and Marrakesh, mandarins, oranges and figs are grown organically on approximately 100 hectares of land.
This year again, Odile Bouron, our French operations manager, was at the farm in Morocco with her colleague Willem Bakker to observe the upcoming harvest and discuss the season. The fruit hang brightly and abundantly on the trees. The flavour of the fruit is perfectly balanced between sweet and sour, so it can be enjoyed by all. Nadorcott mandarins are generally seedless and easy to peel.
The mandarin grove is a small garden of Eden, which the couple cherish and nurture greatly. Right from the start, conscientious farming was important to both of them; it forms part of their product philosophy: nutrient-rich soil and sustainable practice. In their home country, France, they used to sell aromatic herbs - agriculture has been part of their life for a long time now.
The Nadorcott season begins in the first few weeks of February and is expected to last until the end of March. Soumia and Emile are expecting a harvest of 500 tons. Size will be relatively large, between 1-3. BioTropic sells its Nadorcott mandarins exclusively in Europe.
Text: Visnja Malesic
Images: BioTropic GmbH
Last updated: February 2020