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This Year’s Watermelon Crop Is of Perfect Quality

Hungary Today 2023.08.01.

This year the crop was not affected by frost, so the quality is excellent. What is more, the quantity is sufficient to supply the supermarket chains, reports Világgazdaság.

The watermelon harvest started in the first half of July and the fruit is of excellent quality again this year. By consuming this domestic product, we are supporting the livelihood of Hungarian families and the Hungarian economy,” said Minister of Agriculture István Nagy.

According to preliminary estimates,

Hungary is expected to produce about 125,000 tons of watermelons and almost 10,000 tons of melons this year.

The minister added that 1,087 farmers are growing watermelon on 2,821 hectares, 14 percent more than last year. For melon, 252 people are growing on 451 hectares, 29 percent more than last year.

István Nagy highlighted that the crop was not affected by frost this year, so the quality is excellent. Moreover, the quantity is sufficient to ensure the supply of the supermarket chains, meaning that this year again, Hungarian melons will predominantly be sold in the shops and there is no need to fear a shortage of goods. If we want to be conscious consumers, we should consume and buy domestic seasonal fruit, because it is a controlled and safe product from farm to table.

By choosing domestic products, we are not only supporting the livelihoods of Hungarian farmers and families, but also the entire national economy,

the minister added.

He also pointed out that due to climate change, we can enjoy Hungarian watermelons until September, as the Lőrinc Day seasonal closure is a thing of the past. In Hungary, it used to be believed that melons harvested after Lőrinc Day (August 10) were tasteless and watery.

Photo via Facebook/Magyar Gyümölcs Víziváros

Melons are not only delicious, but also healthy. They have excellent nutritional value, are low in calories and fat, and are packed with vitamins and minerals.

Melons and watermelons contain vitamins A, C, B6, and E, iron, and phosphorus, among others.

Their water content is also very hydrating, which is a particular benefit for our bodies in hot weather. Their antioxidant content contributes to heart health, the minister concluded.

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Via Világgazdaság, Featured image via Facebook/Nagy István

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