This year, farmers in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang are preparing the shipment of 400 tonnes of Lo Ren star apples to the US. This is the second year fresh star apples have been shipped from this province to the US. Last year nearly 100 tonnes were exported.
To fulfil the order, the star apple fruits have been collected from more than 270 farms across the districts of Cai Be, Cai Lay and Chau Thanh. These farms grow over 100 hectares of star apples which have been verified and labeled with code stamps to trace the origin of the fruit.
The farms have used advanced techniques for pesticide management as required by the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and made records of the star apple farming.
The first batch of Vietnamese star apples arrived in the US in December last year, making Vietnam the first and only country licensed to sell fresh star apples to the demanding market, following years of negotiations, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.