Silva’s Global Update on the Spring Growing Season
With the spring season in full swing, the raw material procurement and global quality teams at Silva International have already spent several months planning for the planting, harvest and dehydration of various crops around the globe. This time of the year is bustling with activity in both hemispheres.
Silva has had both quality and procurement representatives in Chile monitoring the current harvest and dehydration of jalapeno and tomato. In our southern hemisphere, jalapenos were planted in nurseries already back in September to allow for harvest during the first few months of the year. We work on-site with our growers and partner dehydrators to ensure our raw material specifications are met and that dehydration units are following our established quality standards. Following jalapenos, we started dehydration of apples here in early April. We offer a variety of cut sizes and specifications to meet your needs.
In early summer, their early winter, our partners move to pumpkin and squash. Throughout the production season in South America, we work closely with all raw material points to ensure the material is in full compliance with U.S. regulation. Our quality team continues to fine-tune our internal programs and policies and those programs of our raw material points, to ensure we are compliant with the latest U.S. food safety legislation. We feel confident that our programs, combined with the strength of our supply chain, puts Silva in the forefront of FSMA compliance.
In Europe, our raw material procurement team has been busy finalizing plans for the traditional spring crops of spinach and peas. We just started dehydration of spinach. A weather system with cold temperatures and a light dusting of snow forced us to stop harvest for a few days. However, weather conditions like these are not uncommon in spring and spinach is typically not affected when there are only a few days of cold weather during harvest. An earlier cold spell caused a bit more damage to our spinach fields, as the plant is more sensitive when not fully grown. Yet, conditions in the field have been satisfactory and we expect a normal harvest. Following the spinach harvest, some of our partners move to green garden peas. This is a delicate crop that needs to be harvested at the optimum time to ensure the peas remain tender. Other raw material partners in Europe wait until June to start production. Herbs such as parsley, dill and cilantro are harvested during this time. It can be combined with chives, green onions and cabbage.
In the Middle East we already started the harvest of herbs. Typically the season starts with cilantro followed by concurrent production of parsley and dill. Also, in this area weather was colder than in recent years and the harvest started late in both of our main growing locations: Israel and Egypt. Silva’s procurement representatives were on site for the first two cuts of parsley in early March. While qualities were satisfactory, we expect quantities out of this region to be reduced this year. With onset of hotter weather here in spring, we don’t expect as many cuts as in normal years. Once the winter herbs are finished, we look to basil that is produced in June. That market has been tight with limited availability from last year’s slightly disappointing harvest. New crop will be welcomed in the market come early summer.
Once the spring crops are harvested, Silva and our raw material growers will look to the fall root crops next—the most notable being European carrots. Harvest starts in August and runs through late fall, weather permitting. We will also be looking at a smaller fall crop of spinach, to supplement our spring production, as well as traditional fall crops such as pumpkin and sweet potato.
Silva has the ability, through our 3rd party certified growers and raw material producing partners, to offer a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits grown in over 23 countries around the world. All of Silva’s raw material is funneled to our U.S. production facility for testing, cleaning and sorting, then cutting/milling/blending to produce the finished ingredients you can count on. Your sales representative can help you and your company find the best fit for your needs.