Discover tasty fruit from the sunny South East Europe
Serbia is one of the largest apple producers is South-Eastern Europe, with 26,089 hectares of plantations producing nearly 500,000 tonnes of apples annually. Companies united as Serbia Does Fruit have a wealth of experience with intensive apple production. They utilise state-of-the art equipment, including anti-hail and frost control systems, as well as irrigation and fertigation arrangements. Apples are carefully stored in ULO-DCA cold-storage facilities. They are sorted and packaged to buyers’ specifications. The entire growing and production process, from planting the trees to shipping the apples, is covered by the most stringent quality standards. An ideal climate, with four distinct seasons and lots of sunny days, the right altitudes and high-quality soils, give Serbian apples their outstanding natural appearance and taste.
Pears have been grown in Serbia for a long time, and the country currently boasts some 6,000 hectares of pear orchards. The main varieties are Williams, Carmen, Butira, Santa Maria, June’s Beauty, Abate Fetel, Kaluđerska, Kieffer, and Packham’s Triumph.
Serbia has been growing and exporting plums to Central Europe since 1820. Today there are close to 72,250 hectares of plum plantations that produce some 559,000 tonnes annually. Many varieties of this fruit are grown in almost all regions of the country. Serbian plums are suitable for immediate consumption as fresh fruit, and are also available frozen, dried as prunes, and for use in the food processing. In 2016, Serbian fruit exports were worth 573.4 million euros.
Serbia is one of Europe’s leading producers of peaches and nectarines. Production is chiefly centred around the towns of Smederevo, Bela Crkva, and Subotica. The varieties of these fruits grown in Serbia have excellent organoleptic properties. Careful harvesting, storage, and transportation are essential for delivering this produce to its customers at the highest quality.
Cherry production in Serbia has been increasing, prompted by the growth of exports in recent years. Plantations now cover 5,000 hectares, allowing a total production of over 280,000 tonnes. New cherry orchards are intensive and use modern technology to ensure highest-quality fruit.
Some 100,000 tonnes of sour cherries are grown annually on approximately 18,000 hectares. The world-renowned Oblačinska variety, excellent for processing, is produced only in Serbia.
Serbia has risen to third place worldwide by raspberry production in recent years. The famous Serbian raspberries are grown on more than 23,000 hectares, which produced over 120,000 tonnes of the berries in 2019. Serbia is also one of the world’s leading exporters of both fresh and frozen raspberries.
Many modern strawberry varieties are grown in Serbia on a total acreage of more than 6,500 hectares, while production has increased to 20,000 tonnes. Strawberries are a major export and have been attracting an increasing number of foreign buyers.
Whilst raspberries are Serbia’s most significant type of berry, blueberry plantations have seen explosive growth in the past five years to reach 2,000 hectares, producing more than 6,000 tonnes. Serbian raspberries are grown on small lots, but blueberry plantations are large and use modern technology, allowing a rapid increase in annual production.