A 'Sant Jordi' with fewer Catalan roses
On the day of Sant Jordi, a very important celebration of romance and literature in Catalonia taking place on April 23, it’s tradition that people gift each other roses and books. However, this year fewer of these roses will be Catalan-grown.
Over just three years, local production of roses for Sant Jordi have fallen 60% - this year only 100,000 are being grown in the country, down from 250,000 in 2018.
This fall in production has come as a result of many farms reducing their area dedicated to the crop or ceasing growing the flower completely. Out of the five farms that were committed to growing these flowers only two remain, one in Santa Susanna and one in Teià.