Soursop: beyond the fruit juice

Prized for its delectable taste and juicy pulp, soursop is a popular fruit in South America and in some parts of South East Asia. The fruits are consumed fresh but are mostly grown commercially to produce juice, puree,  ice cream, sorbet, and other processed products. Soursop is rich in ascorbic acid, phosphorous, calcium, and other […]

Therapeutic values of superfruits, beyond nutrition and their value addition for commercialization

Superfruits are fruits that are not only full of nutrients, but are also rich in fiber and polyphenols that can help people live longer, look better, and prevent diseases.   While different sectors still argue about its exact definition, it is generally agreed upon that superfruits are low-calorie, nutrient-rich food can have putative effects such […]

GHANA: SADA mango plantations wither due to lack of water

Hopelessness and frustration have taken over the thoughts of some farmers and service providers who took part in the mango project of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), as their seedlings wither due to lack of water.   The project across the SADA zone was initiated by the authority to improve the area’s vegetation cover […]

PERU: 2013-14 mango deal a success

The Peruvian mango industry has achieved a successful 2013-14 campaign, shipping 1,250 more containers than last season due to conditions that led to better flowering and a longer harvest time.   Peruvian Mango Exporters’ Association (APEM) general manager Juan Carlos Rivera said that total exports reached 6,100 containers.   “There are several factors that brought about […]

USA: Pest targets avocado trees

Born and raised in Mexico, Sergio Cruz certainly has the pedigree for making authentic guacamole.   In recent years, the Winter Haven man has coalesced recipes into a formula that routinely wins rave reviews at potlucks and family gatherings.   Goaded by friends into going commercial with his spicy, tangy green dip, Cruz hit the […]

INDIA: Mango yield drops, price shoots up

The king of fruits has arrived in the town this season,with king-size price tags. Buffeted by either unseasonal or deficient rain in the fruit-growing regions, mangoes are beyond the reach of the aam aadmi. In some instances, the price has almost doubled, and the yield has halved.   Bangalore, Mysore and Kolar were hit hard […]

UAE: Date palm oases go global

Abu Dhabi: The UAE’s date palm oases are expected to receive international recognition in near future for providing social, cultural, ecological and economical services to humans. The date palm oases are likely to join Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), an initiative of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for safeguarding and supporting […]

Jackfruit heralded as ‘miracle’ food crop

It’s big and bumpy with a gooey interior and a powerful smell of decay – but it could help keep millions of people from hunger.   Researchers say jackfruit – a large ungainly fruit grown across south and south-east Asia – could be a replacement for wheat, corn and other staple crops under threat from […]

AUSTRALIA: Rare finger limes found in the North

When squeezed from their casing, you could be forgiven to think that what is about to go into your mouth is caviar.   In the words of grower Mervyn Dorrough, and Chef Steve Jackson, once on the tongue, they explode in your mouth. For those who have enjoyed finger limes, they tend to conjure images […]

PAKISTAN: Fruit exporters ask govt for strict monitoring

Being alarmed by the European Union (EU) ban on the import of Indian mangoes, Pakistan exporters have urged the government to strictly monitor this year’s mango exports to the EU.   Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA) has asked the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to take a number […]

USA: Fungus threatening Florida’s avocado crop

A fungus poses a serious threat to Florida’s commercial avocado industry, which is worth $55 million to the state economy.   The laurel wilt fungus was first detected in northeast Florida’s Duval County in 2005. It moved rapidly through the state, striking Florida’s commercial production area in south Miami-Dade County in March 2012.   Officials […]

USA: Fungus Threatens Banana Supply

Bananas can’t seem to catch a break.   The fruit is under assault again from a disease that threatens the popular variety that Americans slice into their cereal or slather with chocolate and whipped cream in their banana splits. But aside from its culinary delight, the banana is the eighth most important food crop in […]