Poland biggest producer of blackcurrants in EU

The great popularity of growing currants is attributed to their health properties, taste and demand from the processing industry, the Centre for Agriculture wrote. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

Poland is the largest producer of blackcurrants in the European Union and the second largest in the world after the Russian Federation, according to data presented by the National Support Centre for Agriculture.

In recent years, the overall size of blackcurrant plantations in Poland stands at some 44,000 hectares with the crop, depending on the weather conditions, reaching between 100,000 and 125,000 tonnes of each year. Some 38 percent of the fruit is exported, mainly in frozen form, to Belarus, Germany and Great Britain.

Blackcurrants are mainly grown in the Lublin province, south-western Poland, where about 45 percent of all plantations are located. The great popularity of growing currants is attributed to their health properties, taste and demand from the processing industry, the Centre for Agriculture wrote.

The fruit is widely used for the production of juices and jams.