According to the use, sugarcane can be divided into fruit cane for fresh consumption and sugar cane for sugar production. China is a big importer of sugarcane and also grows a large amount of fresh fruit cane. "In the past, fruit cane was rarely exported because it was difficult to keep fresh during long-distance transportation, but now a breakthrough has been made in this technical problem, and it is hoped that the fruit cane can reach further export markets by sea." Tom Yan from Zhangzhou Zhuangyi Agricultural Development Co., Ltd., shared the company's progress in fruit cane preservation technology and observations on the export market with FreshPlaza.
"Fruit cane has a high sugar content and is cut when harvested. Improper storage is prone to mold, mildew, and redness. It is a great challenge for export. Therefore, sugarcane is mostly transported by air in the international market, and the cost is high. There is also another way to export fruit cane, which is to peel the skin after harvesting and vacuum freeze it, and then transport it to the export market, which reduces the cost but has a great impact on the fresh flavor and causes nutrient loss. However, a breakthrough has recently been made in fresh-keeping technology. Through a series of operations such as selecting fruit cane, cleaning, thoroughly disinfecting, and filling the most suitable gas for dormancy, it can be stored at a suitable temperature for up to 60 days. In this way, it can be shipped to farther export markets and preserve the flavor.” Tom said.
After overcoming the technical difficulties, Tom added that the next step is to promote fruit cane in the international market and prepare suitable export packaging. "The ways of eating sugarcane include squeezing juice, eating directly, and adding it to cooking dishes to increase the sweetness and umami taste. The European and American markets are relatively unfamiliar with the consumption of fresh fruit cane. For consumers who are new to fruit cane, we have prepared unpeeled and peeled pieces of fruit canes in packages. In terms of export packaging, we are further studying how to find a balance between freshness, environmental protection, and cost. At present, we have completed the sugarcane export procedures and are working to connect with interested merchants."
According to Tom, sugarcane can be produced throughout the year, and the supply of sugarcane is reduced due to insufficient temperature difference and insufficient sweetness from April to August. At present, the taste of sugarcane is at its best, and the production area is busy with sugarcane harvesting.
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