Bierzo peppers are living a sweet moment. So much so, that the Regulatory Council of this quality brand expects the production to exceed the 100,000 kilos harvested last year, and it will additionally be a product of high quality; "the best in many years," according to Pedro García, president of this body. A promising future that was highlighted at the sixth edition of the Bierzo pepper Fair, held in the town of Carracedelo, which this year also featured Reineta apples and Conference pears.
The Councillor of Development and Environment, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones, highlighted the quality of Bierzo peppers, but also the importance of other products present in the fields of the province of Leon. In this regard, he stressed that this area has six products with a seal of excellence and that they are working to soon get the seventh such distinction for Bierzo cherries. "This quality is unmatched anywhere else in Castile-Leon. The Bierzo has extraordinary climatic characteristics. This microclimate makes it possible to cultivate 7,300 hectares of premium quality products, and that's the path on which we need to continue walking," noted Suárez-Quiñones.
The Councillor of Development and Environment also highlighted the importance of the agro-food sector for the region's social and economic development, as it has over 3,000 companies with a total 10,000 million euros in revenue providing most of the 67,000 direct jobs available in the farming industry.