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Clamshells drive US rambutan consumption

 

“For the first time, we are sourcing rambutans out of Honduras this year,” says Andres Ocampo with HLB Specialties. “This allows us to extend our season by two months.” Until this year, HLB Specialties sourced its rambutans from Guatemala, a season that runs from May until November. “However, by popular demand, we have extended our pool of suppliers and purchase from Honduras between October and January, maybe into February.” Most customers prefer availability of the product for a longer time frame.

 

9-month supply
“Our supplier from Guatemala is a pioneer in the industry,” shared Ocampo. “We have a very strong partnership with our grower and supplies are consistent and reliable as the grower rotates the rambutan crop between different regions.” Production out of Honduras started two weeks ago and the country continues through December. Harvest could continue into January and February, depending on the weather. “It is still a few months away, but it looks like this year’s harvest will continue through January.”

 

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What in the World Is Rambutan—and Why Is It the Perfect Seasonal Snack?

HLB Rambutan 12oz

Shoppers on the East Coast and in the Midwest are discovering a new fruit that’s currently being promoted throughout over 2,000 stores in 16 states. It’s called rambutan—and it’s not only tasty, but it also has a very unusual appearance that is especially eye-catching for kids and adults alike. It’s even being called the “new spooky fruit” for Halloween parties.

Rambutan is a tropical fruit, similar to lychee, and originally from Southeast Asia. It is round and about 1½ inches in diameter and has a large nutty seed in its core. The pulp is slightly translucent white, sweet and mildly acidic. Fresh rambutan has a bright red leathery exterior with soft red spikes, which can also be light green. The seed may be cooked and eaten. In Vietnam, where the fruit is extremely popular, it is nicknamed “messy hair” due to the pliable spines.

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HLB boosts green credentials

HLB boosts green credentials

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Brazilian papayas feeling effects of El Niño

HLB Golden Papaya TreeWeather phenomenon causing abundance of smaller, sweeter Golden papayas

North American papaya importer HLB Specialities is reporting an unusually large volume of small Golden papayas due to the effect of the current El Niño conditions in Brazil.

However, the unprecedented drought in the growing region means fruit is showing a high sugar content and intense sweet flavour due to its small size, the company said.

HLB Specialties is the largest importer of Brazilian papayas into the US and Canada. According to Caliman Agricola, HLB’s main Brazilian papaya supplier and one of the world’s largest growers and exporters of this fruit, the state of Espirito Santo normally receives 900-1200mm of rain per year. In 2015 the precipitation levels did not reach 600mm, which places a strain on production.

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See also:

Fresh Plaza

Fresh Fruit Portal

The Packer

The Produce News

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