From the May to June the manderin grows rom a flower to a tiny fruit and its ripens in July and August to the "real" mandarin - we monitor the growth and development of this beautiful fruit that will us entertain in the winter and protect usagainst colds and flu. Our mandarins are fresher, because the mandarin gets here in the direct way from branches to the table within a few dozen hours.
Neretva delta covers an area of 12,000 hectares. Delta river Neretva to the confluence of the north and northeast, bordered by the branches of mountain chains, and the south-Podgradinska Slivanjska hills. The most important cities are Ploce, Opuzen and Metković. The term mandarin today is directly associated with the location of the Neretva valley, so that the brand tangerines is known better than the Valley. Areas aound the Neretva river in which there are tangerines, are estimated at approximately 1,500 ha (s slow tendency of growth), and the number of trees is around 2.5 million pieces. The last harvest of tangerines reaches its maximum so that this year's unofficial estimates of 80,000 tons, a projection of the next harvest goes to the ceiling of 100 000 tonnrineses.
Tangerine is a plant from the family of Rutaceae and belongs to the genus Citrus. Due to the sensitivity of the cold it grows best in subtropical regions. The Neretva valley has excellent conditions for the cultivation of mandarin plantation, but the risk of severe winter is always present due to the openness of the site Neretva valley cold air when winter comes from the neighboring Herzegovina. A harsh winter can decimate or completely destroy the plantations of mandarins in some localities. It is necessary to note that the Neretva Valley is the northernmost point (larger plantation) growing mandarin in Europe (exactly 43 ° north of the equator)
The most widespread variety in the Neretva river valley is a variety unši (Satsuma, Satsuma), varietal group of Japanese mandarin. In addition to the variety Satsuma Owari, which matures in October and November, there are a number of varieties - from the earliest Zorica and Ichumare through Okitsu and Kawano Wase to late varieties Kuno. In a lesser extent clementines are grown which are less resistant to cold, later maturing (November and December), and the fruits are sweeter and tastier than the varieties of Satsuma. Other citrus fruit - like lemons, oranges and grapefruit - are planted in the Neretva river valley, but they are less significant. Recently appeared a number of other ( "exotic") species of citrus fruits such as Chinese or orange kumquats, red orange, tangerine and others.
Kiwi or Actinidia is native to southern China. It is planted under conditions of high humidity and heat, although it withstands very low temperatures (-15 to -20 ° C) during the winter downtime phase. It is grown in smaller plantations in the Neretva Valley. Because of the absence of parasites, the use of pesticides is not necessary.