There is good news for lovers of mandarin oranges in Malaysia; this fruit will be extra succulent and sweet this year, and cheaper as well.
Sunshine Wholesale Mart general manager Yee Kam Ming said this was due to the good weather towards the middle and end of last year in China: “The mandarin oranges will also be 10% to 15% cheaper as the crop was 20% more than last year owing to the dry weather and good growing conditions. The size is also bigger, ranging from 70mm and above. All in, 75% of the fruits are between the M and XL sizes.”
“Last year, the fruits were sweet, but this year it is going to be even better,” he said after overseeing the unloading of 6,200 boxes at Sunshine Square in Bayan Baru, Penang, on Monday. The price of the 4 kg-box of mandarins is between RM12.80 and 19 (€2.72-40.41) depending on the size.
The S-sized mandarin oranges will be sold at RM12.80, which is cheaper than last year’s price of RM13.68. M-sized mandarins are priced at RM13.80 compared to last year’s RM16.68. The price of L and XL-sized mandarin oranges has decreased to RM16.80 and RM19 respectively, compared to RM20.88 and RM23.88 last year.
Yee said the supply of mandarin oranges would continue to arrive until the beginning of February. “We ordered 30 containers for sale and wholesale, and they are usually sold out a week after the Chinese New Year.
[1 Malaysian Ringgit = € 0.21 ]