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Impressive cranberry harvest

Ripe cranberries are harvested from September to early November. This is done in two different ways; dry and wet harvesting. 95% of the cranberries are harvested the wet way.

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You (probably) did not know this about yellow frisée - curly endive

Yellow frisée is extremely popular among our customers, thousands of packages are shipped to 26 different countries every week. Why is yellow frisée that popular? Interviews with our supplier, customer and online research have resulted in fun and interesting facts and we are more than happy to share these with you.

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Are you familiar with the world of the wild mushroom?

You love them or you hate them, mushrooms. Please continue reading when you always have a box of white mushrooms in your shopping cart. Do you not like mushrooms? Please continue reading too, because there is a very tasteful world full of mushrooms that you probably didn't know about.

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Change of the tomato season (Holland - Spain)

Tomatoes are available all year round, but in the ‘land of tomatoes’ a seasonal change is happening every year in October and early March. The traditional tomato cultivation ends in the Netherlands in October and continues in countries such as Spain, Morocco, Tunisia and Italy from then, and of course the other way around in March. How does this seasonal change work and how does this affect availability and quality?

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Why would you want to become Vegan? Or why not?

Vegan is an increasingly popular lifestyle, according to which an estimated 75 million of the world's population lives. Others are curious and there are those who don't want to know about it. There are many questions, but also many misunderstandings about being Vegan. Did you knew that November 1 is the perfect day to learn more about a vegan lifestyle? During World Vegan Day, seminars, debates and workshops are organized. Perfect moment to ask your burning question.

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Don't just eat pumpkins during Halloween!

It's that time of year again, pumpkins are popping up everywhere. Because it is almost Halloween, they appear in the streets, but also in the supermarkets and restaurants. On the other hand, pumpkins are also delicious and especially responsible to eat throughout the whole year.

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Growing lettuce on water? Yes, we can!

The most modern and innovative method of growing lettuce is on water! Growing the lettuce plants in open ground is no longer necessary. The lettuce also receives all the right nutrients through the water. How? We will explain that cultivation process to you in detail.

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Preservation of the cold chain during travelling with huge temperature differences

Our fruit and vegetables will be on customers plates from New York to Japan. Our high quality products must be preserved throughout the journey, from field to fork. We call this the cold chain. An important part of this cold chain is the packaging material for pallets, I would like to tell you more about that.

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Harvesting of the Agria potato has started

Did you know that there is a difference in early, medium early and late potato varieties? This indicates the number of growing days that the varieties need to grow into high-quality potatoes. The early to medium early varieties grow quickly, but have less yield in numbers. Late varieties take longer to grow, but the output is higher and also the shelf life is longer.

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Baby spinach; grow a winter crop in the hot summers of Italy. We asked our grower how?

Baby spinach is also in high demand in the summer, while it is a real winter crop. Baby spinach often does not germinate above 22°C. But during the hot Italian summers, especially in July and August, the mercury can even linger at 28 to 30 degrees at night. You can imagine how difficult it is to provide the same production during the hot seasons.

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Why does the weight of lettuce fluctuates?

A normal head of lettuce weighs 300 grams. What is the reason that the weight of a head of lettuce drops to 220 to 230 grams at certain times of the year? We hear this questions on a regular basis. The answer to this question has everything to do with the big, yellow sun and our nature.

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Why are herbs difficult to obtain?

In some months it is difficult to obtain certain herbs. This has everything to do with the natural growth process of herbs. Let us explain. For herbs, it is spring from mid-April to late June. The best time for perennial crops like thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and sage to reproduce by producing flowers. During this process, all energy goes to the flower and the energy supply of the plant is negligible. Result: quality and shelf life sometimes is below acceptable level, causing lower supply you are used to.

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How to boost your immune system?

Keep yourself resistant in these difficult times by keeping your immune system strong and healthy. How do you do that?

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Is there a good alternative to the Maris Piper?

A while ago, a customer asked us for the Maris Piper. It's a very popular variety in the UK, where it’s grown, but we prefer to source our potatoes as locally as possible. That’s why we mainly work with Aardappelhandel Kouters, because they choose farmers here in West Brabant or Zeeland, and occasionally just over the border in Belgium. So we took the liberty of offering the customer an alternative instead: Agria.

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‘Things need to change! Let’s take a different approach’

Monday 19 April 2010 – that’s the exact day that BE Fresh Produce was founded by Ard and Hans Bergwerff. The company is the realisation of their long-held dream: to start their own fresh produce company with a mission.

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