On DN 1B, as you go from Ploiești to Buzău, at kilometer 105, on the left, a banner announces: “Istrița” farm. It belongs to the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, has a age of over 118 years and a solid tradition regarding the Romanian fruit planting material.
At the foot of the Subcarpathian Hills (Dealu Mare), immediately below Istrița Hill, on a flat tract of land, which unites this area with the Bărăgan Plain, is the Istrița Farm. Close to the road, the resort is surrounded by poplars, old chestnuts, walnuts and even fir trees, so you can hardly guess that beyond the fence there are 250 hectares of agricultural land, of which 65 hectares with apple orchards and the best saplings. quality.
I entered the gate of the resort just when the apple orchard was loaded with fruit. The gentle autumn sun comforted the plucked apples, only good for picking. We were welcomed by Eng. Petre Grivu, the director of the Istrița Pomicole Farm, who invited us to take a walk among the apple, plum and cherry plantations. Mr. Grivu met us with Florina, Generos or Goldspur on apple varieties, but also with Silvia, Centenar, Romanian Fat, Anna Spath or Stanley on plum varieties. Somewhere from the right we were greeted by cherries from the varieties Kordia, Celeste or Regina. Apples, plums and cherries are the pride of Istrița Farm, they are best suited to the climatic and soil conditions of the area. Obviously, the farm produces fruit trees of all fruit species that live in Romania, but has large orchards on the mentioned varieties. This is the seedling school where the rootstocks for cherry, plum and apple are produced, and while we visit the entire nursery Mr. Grivu talks about the history of Istriţa.