BANGLADESH: Only 5% mango found in mango juices

Lab testing has found that mango drinks produced by four local companies contain only 5% mango pulp on average, which is only half of what is required in such drinks in line with Bangladesh Standard Specifications (BDS). The four drinks are Mango King of AST Limited, Frutix of Pran, Shezan mango juice of Sajeeb Group [...]

USA: San Francisco gets a new vegan “Jackfruit Cafe”

A new cafe and vegan spot has opened for business in the neighborhood. The new arrival to West Adams, called Jackfruit Cafe, is located at 2959 Crenshaw Blvd.     The new cafe—located inside King’s Donuts—specializes in vegan fare made with jackfruit, a starchy, unripe fruit native to southeast Asia. Considered a good source of [...]

KENYA: Bets on avocado to enhance food security

The government has marked avocado and sweet potatoes as two important crops for food security, proper nutrition and trade expansion. Other than providing essential nutrients required for good health, the two crops are expected to fetch farmers billions of shillings as the government scales up an exportation programme.     This comes as the country [...]

PAKISTAN: Officials come up with plan to promote guava fruit

The provincial agriculture department has chalked out a plan to promote guava fruit cultivation in selected districts of the province. The concept of the programme was to expand cultivation of guava fruit on large scale. If successful, the programme would be replicated in other districts of the Punjab. Dried fruit unit to be installed in [...]

VIETNAM: Student invents bioproduct to preserve fruit

Tran Le Anh Khoa is now a third-year student at the HCMC Food Industry University majoring in analytical chemistry. Born in Tien Giang province, one of Vietnam’s largest dragon fruit growing areas, he understands the problems of local farmers. Growing dragon fruit is the major source of income of many local families. However, as the [...]

VIETNAM: EU potential market for fruit and vegetable exports

The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association has forecast that the proportions of Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports will go up in the near future. In addition to large export markets such as the US, Australia and Japan, Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exporters are seeking ways to develop trade with the EU market as this market [...]

ZAMBIA: Farmers to be trained on how to fruit dry using solar

My Zambia My African a Marketing company owned by a Zambian entrepreneur has partnered with Humanity Africa, a charity registered in the United Kingdom to train Zambians working in farm communities in Mkushi and Lusaka in Central and Lusaka provinces respectively on the art of solar fruit drying. During a meeting held with the Deputy [...]

FIJI: Breadfruit delicacies

During a successful trade mission to Australia last week, one of our Fijian-grown crops garnered plenty of attention at the Sydney Fine Food Show – breadfruit. Root crop exporter, Farmboy, had taken a few packs of frozen breadfruit to test the market and to our joyful surprise discovered this common, yet often underutilized fruit, was [...]

MALAYSIA: Durian Orchard Tours Snapped Up

PETALING JAYA: Well before the durian season, tours to orchards –popular with foreign tourists – are almost all snapped up. Durians, especially the Musang King, come into season in July.   Chang Teik Seng, 56, who runs the Bao Sheng Durian Farm in Balik Pulau, Penang, says 80% of his packages for the durian season [...]

SCOTLAND: Prank Pineapple Left at Scottish Gallery included in Modern Art Show

May 13 (UPI) – A pair of Scottish college students jokingly left a common pineapple on an empty table at a modern art museum, only to find days later it had been encased in glass and had become part of the exhibit.     The prank was the work of Lloyd Jack and Ruairi Gray, both 22. [...]

USA: Acadiana Home to Dragon Fruit Nursery

Never heard of Acadiana’s exotic dragon fruit nursery? You’re not alone.     Even if you knew what to look for and where to find it, you’d still probably miss it.   The fruit farm hides behind an ordinary house on La. 347 between Breaux Bridge and Parks.   But if you stumbled upon the [...]

THAILAND: Delay of Durian Season in Thailand but Output Increase Expected

“Due to more rainfall this year in Thailand, the ripening of durian has been delayed for one month, but the yields of durian are expected to increase. Last year, due to the drought in east Thailand, the output decreased by 20% to 30%. However, the trees had good rest and therefore the fruit set percentage [...]