According to the data from the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia, 97% of the nearly 350,000 tons of strawberries that were grown in Spain in 2023 were picked from plots in the province of Huelva.
Huelva is a pioneer in strawberry cultivation in Spain, and it has historically led this cultivation, also overcoming some bad harvests. While it's true that production has not been sustained over time and it's currently not at its peak, the volume achieved is still one of the best ones in the history of this crop in the region.
In 2000, the province of Huelva produced 306,000 tons of strawberries, and for the next three years, production declined to 237,770 tons. That is the lowest figure so far this century.
Between 2004 and 2014, production went up and down. The weather was the determining factor for these oscillations, which could be as big as 70,000 tons from one year to the next.
The largest strawberry production in the province of Huelva in this century took place in 2015 when the sector harvested 388,890 tons.
With the exception of 2020, the year of the pandemic, in which only 261,180 tons were harvested, Huelva's strawberry production remains stable at around 350,000 tons. So far this year, the region has produced 349,120 tons.