KernAktuell November 2021, News
The 2021 mushroom harvest
Déjà-vu – this year’s harvest was just like 2019
Following the excellent porcini mushroom harvests of 2020, the yield this year was far below average. A lack of rainfall during the summer months led to meagre harvests. This was similar in 2019.
All hopes were pinned on good autumn harvests in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, but these expectations were only partially fulfilled. Russia was the only country not to report a shortfall in their porcini mushroom harvest.
However, our reliable, long-standing suppliers have once again supplied us with the required quantities of frozen and dried porcini mushrooms, and these will enable us to fulfil our own customer contracts by supplying them with sufficient quantities.
Due to inflation – which cannot be solely attributed to the pandemic – the prices have risen sharply not only for porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, but also for black morels.
Ein kleiner Einblick
The biggest contract grower
of oil pumpkins PGI
Alwera AG, Estyria’s parent company, is responsible for production of the raw goods via a contract farming system. The two companies have for some years maintained the largest PDI area of oil pumpkin in Austria and they know the fields and the farmers personally.Read more
stamp press process
While modernity has brought progress in many areas, the traditional Styrian stamp press process is still the best way of making pumpkin seed oil. The main difference between this and other pressing methods is that we work with open roasting pans. At our plant, people check when the pumpkin seeds are perfectly roasted and so will yield the very best oil. This enables our experienced oil millers to produce the pumpkin seed oil that has won more prizes than any other – and which as a result of this type of pressing retains all the natural constituents. The untreated oil is not filtered; the particles that make it cloudy settle naturally when the oil is left to rest.Read more