Despite sanctions, trade relations between Russia and Israel remain significant and stable. However, experts are expressing concerns that Russian imports from Israel are in jeopardy, particularly concerning avocado imports. It has been revealed that a substantial portion of the deliveries came from the Negev Desert in the south of the country and the Arava Valley, adjacent to the border with Jordan. As a result, enthusiasts of exotic fruits and vegetables may face difficulties.
The practice of import substitution will certainly prevent many vegetable and fruit crops from completely disappearing from the Russian diet. Currently, the Israeli “vegetable garden” is almost barren. Russia now needs alternative suppliers, with potential replacements being Turkey, Colombia, and Morocco.
Moreover, not all of Russia’s population consumes exotic fruits and vegetables regularly. The majority of Russians residing in villages and rural areas traditionally consume what is grown in their own gardens.
Urban dwellers who rely on supermarket products, such as Israeli aubergines, zucchinis, carrots, oranges, grapes, onions, and potatoes, may find it challenging. On the other hand, according to experts, the absence of vegetable and fruit imports could serve as an incentive for the revival of Russian agricultural enterprises.