​​We’re all familiar with the simple Israeli salad consisting of cucumbers, tomatoes and pepper. But is it possible we have lately been left with just two of the three and our salad can no longer be called a salad? Routine tracking by the Ministry of Agriculture indicates a temporary shortage of peppers, which is expected to end within two or three weeks.

Routine tracking by the Ministry of Agriculture indicates a temporary shortage of peppers, which is expected to end within two or three weeks. The pundits have explained that this year, since this last winter was unusually long, the pepper plant growth got delayed, therefore a gap opened up between the time peppers sown in January will be arriving at the marketplace, and those peppers picked from plants sown last summer. The result is a shortfall, which should last about a fortnight until the new crop comes in. The experts also pointed out that by the time July and August arrive, we will likely be seeing a pepper glut with a commensurate drop in prices in the stores and markets. 

As a rule, the Israeli pepper grows mainly during the winter months. It supplies the domestic demand, estimated at about 75,000 tons per year, and gets exported - about 90,000 tons per year. The bulk of the pepper exports occurs during the winter months of November to May. However, during the summer months peppers are grown in Israel in fields which supply the domestic market demand. Nowadays, though, in a freak occurrence due to the weather, growth slowed down and the pepper fields are producing less than needed to satisfy demand. For domestic consumption, this amounts to just a partial solution. This is what has been causing a slight shortage in the stores. 

The experts have also explained that this year, since this last winter was unusually long, the pepper plant growth got delayed, therefore a gap opened up between the time peppers sown in January will be arriving at the marketplace, and those peppers picked from plants sown last summer. The result is a shortfall, which should last about a fortnight until the new crop comes in.