Dried mulberries: crop has halved

Date: 26th August 2022 Category: Latest News
Dried mulberries: crop has halved

In Turkey, there are significantly fewer mulberries available for the 2022/2023 season than last year, and farmgate prices have roughly doubled year on year. Export prices also increased considerably.


Yields noticeably reduced

In Turkey, mulberries are grown for processing into dried fruit, mainly in the provinces of Elazıg, Malatya, and Adıyaman. The harvest usually takes place between July and August and has now been completed. To obtain 1 kg of dried mulberries, about 4 kg of fresh fruits are needed. Compared to last year, the crop has halved from 8,000 mt to 4,000 mt, market players report. Moreover, about half of this is used for the production of products such as molasses. Accordingly, only about 2,000 mt of mulberries are available for export.

Mulberries are not only consumed fresh and dried, they are also used to make various products such as molasses, jelly, fruit roll-ups, mulberry paste, ice cream, churchkhela (a traditional dessert shaped like a candle), vinegar, fruit juice concentrates and spirits. 


Exports lag behind

The 2021/2022 exports cannot quite keep up with last year. Since the start of the season, 1.297 million kg of dried mulberries worth USD 5.32 million have been exported from Turkey. Most of them went to the Aegean Free Trade Zone (-9% to 317,112 kg; unspecified), followed by the Netherlands (-15% to 275,460 kg), the USA (+20% to 205,523 kg), Germany (-16% to 184,166 kg) and Poland (+92% to 63,300 kg).