In Cyprus, potatoes can be harvested almost year-round, due to its mild climate and topography.
Four crops are distinguished:
- The WINTER crop
The winter crop is planted in August/September and harvested in November until February. This crop is destined for about 50% for local consumption market and 50% is exported.
- The SPRING crop
The spring crop is planted in November/February and harvested in March/June This is the ‘Main Potato Crop’ on Cyprus and is primarily destined for the export market.
- The INTERMEDIATE crop
The intermediate crop is planted in October and harvested in late February, beginning of March. This is a small crop mainly produced for export.
- The SUMMER crop
The summer crop is planted in April/June at altitude in the Troodos mountains. Only very small quantities are produced, mainly for the local market.
In Cyprus, all potatoes for export (except in special occasions) comply with the Geneva definition of 'New Potatoes' because they are lifted fresh, marketed fresh and have a very loose peelSource:
Cyprus Potato Marketing Board