Americans can now taste the exquisite organic rambutan harvested in Honduran lands, as Honduras has now exported its first container of organic rambutan to the United States market.
The country was able to ship the fruit thanks to the good agricultural practices used in its production and the registry of the farms La Caridad and the Processing Plant Abel, located in the village Los Achiotes of the municipality of Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Cortes, northern Honduras.
Jose Isaias Martinez, the owner of the farm and processing plant, said he was happy to make this first export as he had worked hard for a long time to achieve that goal.
"The fruit has had good acceptance, as these product was unavailable there and there are many supermarkets that demand organic products. We are taking advantage of this opportunity," he said.
Martinez said that they were sending rambutan in small amounts, as each box contained five pounds and they are only sending it depending on the demand of the buyer.
He also said that they grew different varieties of rambutan in the farm, such as the Hawaiian rambutan, R134, R164, and R152 varieties.
The price of organic rambutan is much higher than the conventional one in the international market, which demands a high quality product.
The National Service for Agrifood Health and Safety (Senasa), a unit attached to the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), participated in the sanitary registration process to guarantee this fruit complied with all the requirements to be consumed.
The rambutan is known among Hondurans as licha. It was introduced to Honduras in 1990 and has become one of the most popular fruits on the market in recent years.