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China: Meishan imports Brazilian grapetrees for the first time
Recently, a batch of Brazilian jabuticabas arrived at the Meishan Port in Ningbo province. Right now, the quarantine and quality inspection service is checking it. After checking is finished, the jabuticabas will be sent to the market. Jabuticaba, also known as the Brazilian grapetree or camu-camu, is a tree in the family Myrtaceae. It's fruits grow on a tree and look like grapes, which is why people call it the grapetree.
Jabuticaba got people's interest because it can be used both as a food and as a decorative plant, but there are not many of jabuticaba cultivation places in China. Grapetree requires at least 8 years of growth before it can bloom and bear fruits. For this reason, jabuticabas usually come to Chinese market from Brazil and Taiwan. The market price of grapetrees varies from thousands to several hundred thousand yuan. It is not just the tree that is so expensive, the fruits also count as "nouveau riches" among other fruits on the market. One kilo can cost 200 yuan and people are still buying them.
The grapetrees that have just arrived to Meishan are about 10 years old. Quarantine and quality inspection services are already checking a few samples in a special isolated area. After the inspection, grapetrees will be sent to the market and Chinese customers will be able to appreciate the beauty of these Brazilian "nouveau riches".
Publication date: 9/28/2017
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