AUSTRALIA: Northern Territory rambutan harvest off to a late but juicy start

by Matt Brann, Rural


It’s been a long wait for rambutan fans, but the harvest has finally started in the Northern Territory.


Kerry Eupene grows the tropical fruit in Darwin’s rural area and said it was great to finally be in the orchards picking.



“It’s the latest we’ve ever come in, I’m six weeks late, other growers are two to three months late,” he said.


“We’ve never experienced anything like this before.”


Like the mango and dragon fruit seasons, Mr Eupene said the weather had played a big part in the late start to harvest.


He expected yields to be down slightly, but believed the quality of NT rambutans was once again excellent.


“I doubt yields will be as good as last year, because when these fruit crops get too out-of-kilter with their normal timing, they often don’t go on to their full fulfilment,” he said.


“Quality is good and with this rain that’s come on they’re very juicy, very sweet, great eating and I’d advise people to get out there and get into them.”


Rambutans are going to all capital cities, with plenty of demand coming from Perth (WA), while Adelaide (SA) is emerging as a strong market.


Because of the late start to harvest, the NT season is now expected to stretch out into March.



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