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Global Focus  —  Exotic/Tropical Fruit


Health benefits push demand for yellow dragon fruit

To many people outside of South America, dragon fruit is a mysterious and exotic fruit. It's unique and beautiful appearance intrigues people, but until recent years it has remained relatively unknown in the European market. Numerous experts such as doctors and medical researchers are referring to it as a.....

AU: Finger limes set to boom

Australian finger lime growers are seeing a rise in demand as more people become aware of this native rainforest fruit.Queensland grower Ian Douglas of The Lime Caviar Company says both the domestic and international markets are strong, with top chefs and boutique alcohol companies among the biggest.....

US (CA): Kiwifruit prices to come down as Italian imports increase

Kiwifruit supplies from California have been slow-coming for the first part of the season, though shipments are expected to pick up in the coming weeks. Combined with increasing Italian imports, prices are likely to come down in the near future.“The kiwifruit market is holding steady right now,” said Chris.....

NIR technology guide to quality mango

In 2013, while backpacking around Australia, Nick Anderson took a job on a mango farm. He enjoyed the wide open landscape of the orchards, as well as trying to solve the challenge of estimating mango harvest maturity.With a background in Information Technology, Nick Anderson immediately gravitated toward the.....

Italy: The Indian fig season

Indian figs are a niche product whose popularity has been increasing over the past few years. They are a typical southern-Italy product and are available between August and late November/early December."We handled a little more produce than last year and demand was higher. The season was quite positive,.....

US: Will goldenberries transform from niche to mainstream?

2015 marks the first year of goldenberries being imported to the US without the necessary cold treatment. Close to Colombia’s capital Bogotá, at 2,200 meters elevation, the Colombian government together with Aphis have declared a fruit-fly free area that is very suitable for growing goldenberries.Year-round.....