Grape prices in Yemen are so cheap. You don’t see similar prices in any Arabic country because Yemeni lands are rich in grapes.
Grape growing requires cold weather that can be found only in northern areas of Yemen, especially Sana’a province, where the temperature in the winter can drop below freezing. Places such as “Khawlan” and “Sanhan” in Sana’a are considered some of the most fertile areas for grape production.
Regarding harvesting and processing, the capital Sana’a is the most established Yemeni city for grapes. According to official statistics, Sana’a alone produces 80% of the country’s grapes, most of which are distributed to domestic markets. Sana’a’s percentage contributes considerably to the 127 million tons of grapes produced last year: a healthy increase from the 107 million tons produced in 2005.
Grapes various kinds
Some of the most famous and popular varieties selling in the markets are “Al-Raezki”, “Al-Ghebre”, “Al-Asmi”, “Hatami”, “Black”, ” Olivary”, “Red”, “Al-Erqe”, ” Al-Goffee”, “Whiteness Normal”, ” Bayad Fshaan”, “al-Husseini”, and “Black Adaary”. The grape’s names often belong to the name of the areas and farms that produce them.
Arabic and Yemeni agricultural experts agree that “despite the weakness of our grape exports, many consider Yemeni grapes to be the best in the world for different attributes including color, flavor, and variety.” Agricultural researchers say that there isn’t any encouragement to promote them outside of Yemen”.
The researchers highlighted the fact that the production and marketing of grapes in Yemen faces many problems, the most poignant being: the “absence of aggregate markets in some areas of grape production”; the “underinvestment of product marketing, both locally and externally”; and “a lack of centralized markets equipped for commercial storage.”
As the end of the grape season looms, many farmers fear they will lack the opportunity to export their harvest. To mitigate this tension, farmers have resorted to traditional ways to dry and preserve their grapes in order to achieve better economic returns.
Raisins, the dehydrated form of grapes, are famous in Yemen for their unique taste. Commanding higher prices than their grape counterparts a kilogram of raisins costs significantly higher than a similarly weighted “grape basket”.