Who they are
Based in southern Anatolia, Turkey, Özler Ziraat has been growing fruit and grains for over a century. It is now established as the biggest fig producer in Europe, with 10 years in the trade. The company was founded by the current generation’s great-grandfather (the family refers to the fig orchards as their “most precious asset”). Its agricultural methods meet 100 per cent traceable Global GAP criteria and the company is firmly committed to working in a way that protects the environment and will ensure the land lasts for many more years to come.
What they do
Özler Ziraat’s location puts it in a unique position: it can harvest prized Black Bursa figs two months earlier than the traditional growing area of Bursa, further north. This is why our shelves are lined with Black Bursa figs right now, much earlier than would be possible with other suppliers. But this isn’t the only reason behind Spinneys’ relationship with Özler Ziraat. The company has 30 years’ experience picking, packing and grading its produce (by hand) and controls the whole process from seed to supermarket. This means Spinneys can rely on them to deliver a consistently top-quality product.
Try the products
So what is it that makes the Black Bursa fig so special? It has a deep purple skin and is larger than average, which means there’s more of the lusciously sweet flesh to enjoy. Plus, it has a longer shelf life than other types of fig, which is news most certainly worth celebrating. Find the product in stores now.
Find out more about Özler Ziraat at hasat.net/en/