Tropical Harvest Update

For 2/24/20

Spring will be here before you know it and over the next few months we’ll have greater visibility on the Florida tropical fruit crops. Look for domestic lychee, dragon fruit, mango, mamey and sapodilla to be a part of your exotic mix this summer. Bookmark this updates page to be up-to-date on tropicals. 

Caribbean Red papayas - GT

Demand remains strong with supplies matching. That’s great given March is historically a low volume month. Mexican volume is unusually low so the “cross-over” market is tight. Fruit size remains concentrated in 12’s and quality is high.

Growing Caribbean Red papaya…

SlimCado tropical avocados - DO & US

Opportunities still abound in 26/28ct fruit. The Carla variety is coming on strong, so more large fruit will be available by mid-March. A few minor Florida varieties are finishing. But we’ll be harvesting Buck 3s into April.

Growing the tropical avocado, SlimCado…

Florida starfruit - US

With our warm and wet Florida “winter,” we’ll be picking starfruit through March. But volume will certainly be lower and sizing will be moderate by March 12th. Pre-booking is encouraged.

 How we grow starfruit…

Florida passionfruit - US

Supplies are looking good thru mid-March.

Growing passionfruit…

Persian Limes - MX

The lime train is finally back on track. Demand has picked up, especially due to good promotional activity on smaller sizes. That trend should continue as we go into the spring.

Growing limes…

Dragonfruit - EC

Ecuador has slowed a bit, but it should slowly pick back up the first week of March.

Growing dragonfruit…

Solo papayas - BR

It’s Carnival in Brazil, leading to a relatively tight supply that should be brief. As the summer ends there, drier conditions should lead to better availability of smaller fruit.

How we grow Solos…

Groovy Coconuts - DO

Supplies remain steady from the Dominican.

 All about Groovies…

Uniq Fruit - JM

The original easy-peeling exotic citrus is promotable now through March.

 All about Uniq Fruit…

 

Ginger - BR

With the virtual shutdown in China, worldwide ginger supplies are very dear. The Brazil crop is all new now, so we’re flying in young ginger weekly.

How we grow ginger…

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