Higher French apple output and earlier harvestThis article was originally published in Foodnews
FRANCE is on track to produce 3% more apples this year than in 2010, according to the ministry of agriculture's July forecast. If the present conditions persist, the harvest will be about two weeks early, writes Diane Farquhar. The 2011 harvest is estimated at 1 746 000 tonnes, which is 2% higher than the average of the previous five years. However, weather conditions and health problems could significantly affect the final figure. Production of Golden Delicious is put at 617 800 tonnes, Granny Smith at 158 800 tonnes, Gala at 308 800 tonnes, other bi-coloured varieties at 357 600 tonnes, and other varieties at 303 500 tonnes. The national apple growing area this year is the same as 2010, at 40 100 hectares, but 5% lower than the five year average.