Around September 20th, the mandarin orange harvest is expected to begin in the Neretva region's orchards. Overall, this autumn's mandarin crop is about twenty percent larger compared to the previous year, so it is anticipated that 50-60 thousand tons of high-quality fruits will be picked in the Neretva orchards.
Considering the expected yield, this year can be characterized as a good one for all mandarin producers. The fruits are of high quality, with a good balance of sugar and acidity, and most importantly, the mandarins are full of juice. This can be attributed to the rainy year, which reduced the need for extensive irrigation on the orchards, as highlighted by mandarin producer Niko Kapović.
Early mandarins have yielded exceptionally well, and although some positions may have slightly smaller-sized fruit, overall, it's a good year, according to Kapović.