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Tomato, Lycopersicon esculentum / Solanaceae
At present, tomatoes for fresh consumption are sold all the year round, although at the beginning it was a seasonal product. This is possible thanks to the trade between areas of different climate, to the improvement of the means of transport and the preservation and to the development of greenhouse culture. For instance, the tomato "Montserrat" is available throughout the year except for the months of January, February and March. Branched tomatoes are sold from May until October. The tomato "Daniela’ is available all over the year.

The following table shows the imports of tomato, the countries of origin and the size of the packages for the United Kingdom market. These data are classified by tomato types.
Origin and variety Months of availability in the United Kingdom Weight of the packages
Belgium  
BeefMay-December7kg
CherryJune-August8x250g
RoundMarch-December6kg
BranchMay-August6/7kg
Canary Islands  
BeefOctober-end of May6kg
CherryEnd of December-May3kg/9x250g
RoundOctober-May6kg
BranchEnd of November-May5kg
Cyprus  
BeefJanuary-November6kg
CherryJanuary-November10/12/16x250g
PlumJanuary-November3/5/6kg
Egypt 
CherryNovember-FebruaryVarious
PlumNovember-February5/6kg
France 
BeefAll the year round10kg
CherryMarch-November2kg/8x250g
RoundAll the year round5/7kg
BranchMarch-November6kg
PlumJuly-November6kg
Hungary   
RoundMay-October5kg
Ireland  
BeefMarch-November7kg
CherryMarch-November9x250g
BranchMarch-November7kg
RoundMarch-November4.5 & 6kg
Israel  
CherryAll the year round2/3/4kg
FieldOctober-June6kg
Greenhouse November-April6kg
BranchAll the year round5kg
Italy  
CherryJune-SeptemberVarious
BranchFebruary-September5/6/7kg
PlumJune-SeptemberVarious
Jersey  
CherryFebruary-midNovember12x250g
BranchMarch-end of October5kg
PlumJune-mid November6kg
RoundFebruary-mid November 
FieldAugust-October  
Kenya  
CherryNovember-April8x250g
Morocco  
BeefNovember-March6,5kg
CherryDecember-March 2kg/8x250g
BranchDecember-March6kg
RoundDecember-April6kg
The Netherlands  
BeefMarch-November7kg
CherryMarch-November9x250g
BranchMarch-November3/5/7kg
PlumMarch-November 6kg
RoundMarch-November6kg
Portugal  
BeefOctober-May6/10/12kg
RoundOctober-May 
Saudi Arabia  
CherryNovember-May9x250g
Senegal  
CherryTrialsVarious
Spain  
BeefOctober-April8kg
CherryOctober-April6kg
BranchOctober-AprilVarious
RoundOctober-April6kg
Tunisia  
VariousJanuary-May6/7kg
United Kingdom  
BeefMarch-October7kg
CherryJanuary-November12/18/24x250g
BranchFebruary-NovemberVarious
PlumMarch-October6kg
Round February-November6kg
The United States  
CherryAccording to the market demands12x400g
BeefAccording to the market demands9kg
PlumAccording to the market demands9/11kg


Source: Fresh Produce Desk Book (1998).
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