Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sour Sop (Prickly Custard

Durian Fruit (King of Fruits)

Lychee Nuts (Litchi)

Rambutan (Hairy Lychee

Cherimoya (Custard Apple)

Longan (Dragon Eyes)

Bell Fruit (Rose Apples)

Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

Star Fruit (Carambola)

Mangosteen (Queen of Fruits)

Persimmon (Fuyu Variety)

I started out in the produce business as an Ethnic Produce Buyer; purchasing produce from places as far away as Haiti, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, China and Holland. I have bought and sold 100's of exotic and specialty fruits and vegetables and visited and inspected farms and orchards all over the world.

This is the site to ask how to pick and eat Durian Fruit (nicknamed The King of Fruits), the Antioxidant properties of Mangosteen (nicknamed The Queen of Fruits) and how to choose Jamaican Star Apples. What does a Dragonfruit taste like? What are the best eating types of Papayas and where are they grown?

Imported produce can sometimes be expensive because it is flown in by plane. Sometimes because the grower, airline or retailer face little competition and charge higher prices. Believe it or not, sometimes because the equipment at the airport is outdated and affects load capacities.

The single highest cost today for growers is maintaining a safe growing and packing facility environment to meet global safety and trade standards. You don't want terrorists poisoning the food chain, you do want fruit grown in Egypt tested before it's sold at market? Do you want to ensure field pickers wash their hands after they defecate. You want good safe quality produce in February? These problems and many more being addressed by the industry will cost the consumer billions of dollars as countries and the produce industry face these critical issues.


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