AUSTRALIA: Fruit exporters hopeful Indonesian market will reopen

Source:  ABC News   Citrus Australia, the peak grower group, is hopeful Indonesia will lift import restrictions on fruit by July, just as the mandarin season in Queensland kicks off. Overall citrus exports to Indonesia were worth $14 million last year, before Indonesia imposed quotas in November, in a bid to support its own growers. […]

INDIA: Suppliers ripen mangoes artificially

Source: The Hindu As supply does not meet the demand, traders artificially ripen mangoes. Come summer and the sales of fruits, especially mangoes, increases exponentially. People see it as the safest and the tasty way to beat the intense heat of the season, and the dehydration that accompanies it. A large district such as Coimbatore […]

AUSTRALIA: Biosecurity SA places quarantine around 1.5km area after fruit-fly outbreak at Kilburn

Source: Adelaide Now   The curse of the fruit growing industry has struck again with an outbreak of fruit fly declared at Kilburn in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The outbreak, the first of the season, was confirmed after detection of a fertile female Mediterranean fruit fly in a trap. South Australia is the only mainland state […]

Don’t Judge a Fruit by Its Color: Produce Standards and Food Waste in America

Source: Huffington Post   Picture an idyllic family-run peach farm in rural Connecticut. There are rows upon rows stretching for acres with luscious and zingy Red Garnets, Washingtons, or Raritan Roses. I spent the summer after graduating from high school in the late ’90s there, pruning, picking, and selling the fruit. People came from all […]

How did tamarind make its way to Mexico?

Source: The Riverfront Times   Dear Mexican: I noticed that my favorite candies are primarily made out of chile and tamarindo. I understand that chile is indigenous to the Americas, but tamarindo is not. I found that tamarindo originates from the Middle East and Africa. And through the slave trade and the dreadful European expansion, tamarindo […]

Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly

Source: New York Times   When Ria Chhabra, a middle school student near Dallas, heard her parents arguing about the value of organic foods, she was inspired to create a science fair project to try to resolve the debate. Three years later, Ria’s exploration of fruit flies and organic foods has not only raised some […]

INDIA: Slump in mango crop leaves sour taste for ryots

Source: The Times of India   Mangoes are set to leave a sour taste in the mouth as mango growers predict a drop of about 50% in the produce in the three north coastal districts this year. Mango merchants have also expressed disappointment over the damage caused to the crop because of the abnormal temperature […]

Why eating whole fruit is better than drinking juice for weight loss

Source: Post   Drinking Juice is viewed by many as a useful approach for weight loss. But for those who have undergone surgical weight loss, the trend of extracting the liquid from produce, can pose many risks. “Juicing in general reduces the fiber content and therefore decreases the feeling of fullness gained by eating fresh, […]

INDONESIA: Illegal produce from China and Singapore destroyed

Source: The Jakarta Post   Batam Agriculture Quarantine Agency (BKP) on Friday destroyed 1,300 packages of fruit and vegetables imported from China and Singapore without complete import documents. The increase in illegal imports of fruit and vegetables could pose health risks for people who consume them. The agency’s head of plant quarantine, Fajar Budi Susanto, […]

Baobab: an Underutilized Superfruit of West and Central Africa

Author:  Babasola Ayodele Adelaja, Director (Fruits and Spices), National Horticultural Research Institute, Idi-Ishin, Ibadan, Nigeria   It has been difficult to find an appropriate classification for the Baobab (Adansonia digitata – Bombacaceae) tree, considering its usefulness to man, livestock and the environment.  Call it a multipurpose tree and that will not carry the weight of […]

THAILAND: Export of fruits, vegetables set to grow 10% in 2013

Source:   BANGKOK, April 8 (Bernama) — Exports of frozen and dried fruits and vegetables in 2013 are projected to sustain growth of 10 per cent from last year and Thailand would earn approximately US$1.56 billion, said Srirat Rastapana, director-general of International Trade Promotion Department. She said during the first two months this year, […]

Fruit Juice Can Replace Fat in Chocolate, Chemists Say

Source: Live Science   Ah, the rich taste of chocolate: cocoa beans, sugar and … fruit juice? Yes, fruit juice could be a newchocolate ingredient, according to research presented Sunday (April 7) at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans. This isn’t some gourmet fad like bacon chocolate — it’s an attempt […]