The artichoke grown in Navarre, the Blanca de Tudela, appears earlier, is the most productive and has a greater industrial and agricultural yield than the rest of the varieties of this plant. This is the conclusion of researcher Juan Ignacio Macua González in his PhD thesis defended at the Public University of Navarre.
Navarre, nucleus of cultivation and supply
In Spain there are some 20,000 hectares given over to the cultivation of the artichoke. This surface area is fundamentally concentrated in the Mediterranean region, but also in Catalonia, Andalusía and along the Ebro Valley (in the Navarre, Rioja and Aragon regions). The importance of Navarre – number four on the list - does not lie in its volume of production given that, for example, artichoke cultivation in this Autonomous Community is only 5% of the total production in Spain, but in the fact that the area is the centre of the cultivation and the supply of the plant for the whole of Spain and even for other countries.
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