Taiwanese mangoes served in lunches at schools in Kasama, Japan

Taiwan’s mangoes are now served in lunches at schools in Kasama, Japan, the Council of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Agency said on Thursday. Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh visited Kasama Municipal Inada Junior High School, which is among the six schools to offer the fruit, to try one of the lunches.

Taiwan produces a variety of mangoes, including Irwin, Jinhuang, Yuwen, Xishi and Keitt, which are grown mainly in mountainous areas in the south.

Most mango orchards are on hillsides with good soil drainage, sufficient sunshine, and a large temperature difference between day and night, it said, adding that the mangoes Taiwan produces are firm and fragrant. In addition, growers have introduced a “mango safety management system,” helping to ensure the quality of their products through a traceability system.

The agency cooperated with the Taiwan Representative Office of Kasama City to make videos to teach how to cut and eat mangoes. Taiwan exported 431 tons of mangoes to Japan in 2016 and 869 tons last year, a 102 percent increase.

Source: taipeitimes.com

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