Organic aubergine growers have plenty of choice at Rijk Zwaan: strong, reliable varieties that perform well in hot summers. The innovative CleanLeaf aubergines represent a new generation. Here, our specialists Florian Friedrich from Germany and Aureliano Cerezuela Márquez from Spain present their favourite varieties.
The demand for organically grown lettuce is still rising. Rijk Zwaan offers growers a wide range of organic seeds, whether their focus is on taste, size, up-to-date Bremia or Nasonovia resistances or low nitrogen. Here, Rijk Zwaan specialists present their choice of lettuce varieties for both temperate and Mediterranean climates.
The New Delhi virus has been causing serious problems for squash growers in the Mediterranean region for close to a decade. Following years of research, we are proud to now introduce the first squash varieties with resistance to the New Delhi virus. The squash varieties with New Delhi resistance will be sold under the Delhi Defense label.
In 2020, US consumers purchased 14.2% more organic fruits and vegetables than in 2019. The market growth is directly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, explains Merek Dorf, US Sales and Crop Specialist at Rijk Zwaan. “Consumers trust organic products and regard them as healthy.”
As an industry leader in resistance breeding, Rijk Zwaan can help vegetable growers to find the right varieties for both salad kits and other current and future top-ten fruits and vegetables. “Resistances are the most important cornerstone for organic varieties.
At Eosta, they firmly believe that packaging-free is the best option for organic produce. In 2016, it was the first Dutch trading house for organic fruit and vegetables to switch to natural branding. The company values its collaborative partnership with Rijk Zwaan, which – by developing organic vegetable seeds – is also helping the fresh chain to advance in that context. For example, strong cucumbers with a long shelf life do not need to be sealed in plastic.
Dutch organic grower Marc van Nieuwkerk (53) cultivates Rijk Zwaan varieties of cayenne pepper and habaneros. Even though the habaneros were originally developed in Tanzania for African growers, they grow really well in Dutch greenhouses too. “I’ve been fully SKAL-certified since January 2020. Organic production is challenging but also very rewarding, and thankfully I receive good support from Rijk Zwaan.”