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Polish Fruit Popular Abroad
May 7, 2015   
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Polish fruit has won over customers around the world, who appreciate its taste and aroma—qualities resulting from traditional cultivation techniques and the sparing use of pesticides.

Poland is a leading European producer and exporter of fruit, apples being the bestseller among Polish fruit exports. Until recently, the bulk of Polish apple exports went to Russia, but Moscow’s decision last year to slap an embargo on Polish food put an end to that. On the other hand, sales have increased to Belarus and Kazakhstan.

In recent months, more Polish apples have also been exported to Ukraine, Serbia, Norway, Egypt and Mongolia. Canada opened its market to fresh Polish apples in October last year, and in India local importers are interested in buying them. Imports of Polish apples are also being negotiated in China.

The largest buyers of Polish apples in the EU are Germany and Romania, and Poland also exports a lot of its apples to the Czech Republic, Britain and Lithuania. Consumers in Sweden, Latvia and Finland are also partial to this fruit.

Polish apples look good, taste and smell great and are very healthy. It is no wonder then that they appeal to consumers around the world.

Poland also exports a lot of blueberries, raspberries and chokeberries, also known as aronia berries. These are both tasty and healthy. And fresh fruit straight from the tree or bush have highest nutritional value.

Poland is the largest producer of raspberries in the EU and the second largest producer in the world. Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C and fiber and also contain calcium, iron, vitamin E, folic acid and salicylic acid. Raspberries help cleanse the body of toxins and combat indigestion and diarrhea, while drinking raspberry juice can relieve coughing when you have a cold. The most popular raspberry varieties grown in Poland are called Polana, Polka, Koral and Benefis.

According to the Agricultural Market Agency (ARR), in recent years Polish exports of fresh raspberries have ranged between 16,000 and 32,000 metric tons a year. Exports of frozen raspberries have been even higher than that and the majority are exported to Germany.

Few know that Poland is the world’s largest producer of chokeberries, accounting for almost 90 percent of this fruit grown commercially around the world. According to the Agricultural Market Agency, between 2004 and 2013 chokeberry fields in Poland increased from a total of 5,000 hectares to 8,000 hectares in size and the yield from 38,000 to 58,000 metric tons. The growing popularity of chokeberries is a result of increased demand for chokeberry products, especially juice.

Scientists say that few other fruits have so many therapeutic properties as the chokeberry. To begin with, chokeberries are known to effectively reduce hypertension by removing cholesterol deposits from veins. Chokeberries also have strong antioxidant properties thanks to the content of plant pigments called anthocyanins, which help slow down the aging process and are valuable for people undergoing chemotherapy as well as those suffering from cardiovascular problems. Chokeberries, both fresh and processed, strengthen blood vessels and help prevent the development of varicose and spider veins. They reduce liver and pancreatic problems, assuage the side effects of cancer drugs, help remove toxins from the body and relieve nervous tension. Chokeberries contain a lot of carbohydrates, organic acids and microelements and are a valuable source of vitamins A, C, E, PP and vitamins of the B group.

Poland’s top fruit exports also include the blueberry, of which Poland is the largest producer in the EU, accounting for more than 20 percent of European yield. Globally, Poland is the third-largest producer after the United States and Canada, accounting for 3 percent of blueberries harvested around the world.

Originally from North America, blueberries are usually eaten raw with different desserts. The fruit is tasty, nutritious and healthy with a high content of mineral salts, pectins and vitamins. Blueberries also owe their health properties to anthocyanins, which effectively neutralize free radicals. American researchers have found that blueberry juice strengthens brain function, and that it can improve the memory and eyesight.

Polish blueberry production averages 15,000 metric tons a year, most of which goes to export. A large part of the exports go to Britain, which is Europe’s largest market for blueberries. Poland also sells blueberries to Scandinavia and Germany and recently, Polish blueberry producers have been exploring new markets in Western Europe as well as in Asia and Northern Africa.

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