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Hit Polish Exports: Apples and Blueberries
November 28, 2013   
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Poland is the European leader in the production and export of apples. After China and the United States, Poland is the third largest producer of apples in the world. Apples are sometimes called Poland’s national fruit.

In Polish fruit growing, the apple tree has for centuries been the most important kind of fruit tree. Poland has a rich apple growing tradition and a growing area of highly productive orchards with attractive varieties of apples.

Thanks to sunny days and cold nights, apples from Polish orchards have a distinct delightful taste and beautiful color.

About 3.2 million tons of apples are harvested in Poland every year. This accounts for roughly 70 percent of all fruit harvested in the country. Apples are among Poland’s most important exports. The biggest buyers are Russia and Belarus, while other destinations for Polish apples include countries in Western Europe and North Africa. In addition, Poland is a global leader in the production of concentrated apple juice. Last year, it produced a record amount of such juice, at more than 300,000 tons.

Poland is also a blueberry powerhouse. The northern highbush blueberry, which originally comes from North America, has become the fruit of the 21st century and not just due to its flavor but also because of its health benefits. Some of Europe’s biggest blueberry plantations are located in Poland. The total area of land set aside for blueberry growing nationwide is about 6,000 hectares, yielding about 12,000 tons of the fruit annually. Poland exports its blueberries to many neighboring countries.

Blueberries contain large amounts of healthy nutrients. They are rich in micro- and macronutrients, particularly calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of sodium and iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin A.

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