Manderinet a family farm (OPG) from Opuzen, Neretva valley. Manderinet grows almost all types of citrus (tangerine, clementine, lemon, grapefruit, orange, red orange, kumquat) and kiwi.
Manderinet's history dates back to 1962 when the first mandarins were planted on our farm. Today, on their great-grandfathers' land, they grow all these citrus fruits in organic production, which we see as the only way for man and nature to live together. As early as 2014, we were the first to organize direct deliveries of citrus fruits to the front door in Zagreb (Karlovac, Varaždin) and Ljubljana and expanded the network to Graz and Vienna in the years that followed.
This geographic location brings with it some disadvantages, such as B. at times severe winters that damage or completely destroy trees and reduce the yield in the coming season. Naturally ripened citrus is hand-picked from late September to mid-February thanks to a whole range of different cultivars planted evenly (from the earliest tangerines to the late red oranges and kumquats). The fruits are extremely tasty and juicy due to the large amount of absorbed sun and fresh water brought by the Neretva River and are found in channels scattered across the Neretva Valley.
The production of citrus fruits in the Neretva valley started in the early 1960s and today represents the most important economic activity of this part of Croatia. On a relatively small area of a few thousand hectares there are over 2 million citrus trees, most of them tangerines.
The basis for the quality of citrus fruits growing in the Neretva valley is plenty of sun, high-quality alluvial soil and fresh water brought by the Neretva river. Located 43° north of the equator, the Neretva Valley is the world's northernmost tangerine-growing region. The advantages of such cultivation come from the reduced number of insects on the trees, resulting in an ecological product - citrus fruits with an edible peel, which are not unnecessarily treated with various insecticides and fungicides.
The history of the Neretva tangerine is connected with distant Japan, where in 1933 the first tangerine seedlings arrived as a gift from the then Japanese consul, from whose buds (by grafting on the rootstock 'Poncirus trifoliata') almost all the tangerine seedlings later grew that were sold in were planted in the first planting periods in the Neretva valley. The cultivation of the first mandarins in the Neretva valley began in the late 1950s, when the FAO carried out a large-scale reclamation of formerly swampy areas in the lower Neretva River, which made it possible to create more significant areas for the cultivation of citrus fruits thriving in the conditions of the Mediterranean climate.