Fresh exotic tropical fruits are mostly grown in developing countries and are still considered niche products in Europe. Prices are generally high, often due to low volumes and necessary air transport. Communicating the health benefits of tropical fruit can help increase demand. Purple passion fruit is a tropical fruit that is becoming more popular. This product factsheet covers a number of exotic tropical fruits, mainly tamarinds, cashew apples, lychees, jackfruit, sapodillo plums, passion fruit, carambola and pitahaya.
Lychee is a specialty fruit that is slowly gaining popularity in Europe, although average consumption per capita is still limited. It is most popular in France. Madagascar and South Africa supply the majority of lychees during the winter season (from October to February). Opportunities for new suppliers exist in specialties and outside of the main season.
Fruit and vegetable production and consumption in Asia and the Pacific region have shown a marked upward trend over the past several years. Rising consumer demand in the region has come with greater awareness of food safety issues and increased need for convenience and quality. The fresh-cut produce sector has responded to these demands, and is currently at different stages of development across the region.
The effect of acidified calcium sulfate (ACS) on the quality of litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn. cv. ‘Brewster’) fruit after harvest was evaluated. ACS at 1.25% or higher concentrations significantly inhibited the activities of polyphenol oxidase and peroxidase in the pericarp during storage at both 5 and 10 C. These treatments also effectively prevented browning and retained the red color of the outer shell of the fruit. Total phenolic and total anthocyanin contents in pericarp were increased by ACS treatments in a dose-dependent manner.
Compendio de características de calidad, condiciones de almacenamiento, sensibilidad al frío, maduración y desórdenes fisiológicos
Market, Certification and Production Information for Producers and International Trading Companies
For some people organic agriculture is “farming without chemical fertilizers and pesticides”. This is short and concise, but misses important characteristics. Organic agriculture follows the logic of a living organism in which all elements (soil, plants, farm animals, insects, the farmer etc.) are closely linked with one other. Organic farming therefore must be based on a thorough understanding and clever management of these interactions and processes.