Bumper nispero crop

Bumper nispero crop
NISPEROS: Production is usually a family business Photo credit: Linda Hall

THIS year’s nispero season will be good, Marina Baja growers predicted.

They foresee a bumper crop of 13 million kilos, following a 2020 marked by bad weather and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Callosa’s Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) nisperos account for 50 per cent of Spain’s production and the earliest fruit is already being picked in some areas. The bulk will be ready within two weeks, with most going to Italy, which imports 80 per cent of the Callosa DOP’s crop.


Unlike last year, there was little rain when the trees were in bloom but more – of the right kind, growers said – when the fruit was setting. “The product will reach the consumer with zero insecticide residue,” said Rafael Gregori, president of Callosa’s branch of the Young Farmers’ Association (ASAJA).

“What’s more the fruit will be big with a flavour we haven’t had in years.”

Meanwhile, ASAJA Alicante continues to press for a permanent reduction of the IRPF income tax rate that growers must pay.

“Nispero production is a craft process and in 80 per cent of cases, the same grower plants, picks the fruit and sends it to small warehouses for hand-processing,” Gregori said.

“It’s not fair to pay such a high rate that does not correspond to the growers’ economic reality.”

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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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