Turkey’s total peach and nectarine production for 2019/20 is expected to rise 5% to 830,000 tons, according to data published by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkSTAT). Yields and quality are generally considered satisfactory thanks to favourable weather conditions. Planting area for peach continues to expand with a focus on export markets and the juice industry, and now stands at 46,400 ha. Indeed, Turkey is among the world’s top-ten exporters of peaches and nectarines. The most common peach varieties in Turkey are Early Amber, Spring Crest, May Crest, Red Haven and Early Red. The Turkish season runs from April to early October
Peach and nectarine production for processing is forecast at 135,000 tons in 2019/20, around 15% of all peach production. The Turkish juice industry is growing at about six% annually (for all fruit juices). Turkey exports more than 250,000 tons of stone fruits annually, mainly to the EU and Russia.