In the cold season, tropical fruits and vegetables dominate Western European trade. In Switzerland, too, a lot of kakis, tangerines and similar fruits will arrive at this time. Gastronomy suppliers in particular are constantly looking for new varieties and specialties to surprise their customers. During this year's Advent season there are again some interesting variety trends.
Two varieties of dates
Fresh figs and dates are increasingly on offer, in addition to the classic winter fruits. Apart from the Israeli Medjoul dates, Tunisian products are also being marketed, in smaller units of 250 grams, primarily for retailers. "So-called Gondoles dates are 25 percent cheaper. Major consumers, however, prefer the Medjool in 1 or 5 kilo units," says a major supplier.
Mini green asparagus
Another trend that is clearly emerging this year is the growing demand for mini vegetables of all kinds. Among others, carrots, zucchinis, radishes and small corn cobs are marketed in quite relevant quantities, as well as the mini green asparagus from Thailand. "Because of the color and small units of 100, 200 or 300 grams, this sells very well at this time of year," they say.