This tropical fruit has a small but steady following. The likelihood of a papaya purchase remained the same as in Fresh Trends 2012, with 12% of shoppers picking up papaya in the past year.
Dragon fruit and lychee are marketed as antioxidant-rich cancer fighters. Carambola, or starfruit, has a high vitamin C content. Passion fruit boasts a litany of vitamins and minerals.
Importers could have an additional option for phytosanitary treatment of fresh produce this spring at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, easing logistics and decreasing costs, particularly for mangoes from Pakistan.
A wintertime display of vibrantly colored, fresh papayas can brighten a shopper’s day and inspire thoughts of warm, sunny days or lush tropical isles. Any time is a good time to sell tropical fruit, but a display of ripe papayas provides a psychological lift for shoppers on a gloomy winter day, says Eric Crawford, president of Fresh Results LLC, Sunrise, Fla.
Red papaya production in Belize won’t peak until March, but shipments are expected to edge up weekly from now until then on a crop pegged for hefty volume increases.
With normal volumes and few weather issues for Central American and Caribbean crops through the first week of December, commerce was influencing the winter deal as much as nature.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (34-43-37) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices slightly higher. 35- to 40-pound cartons maradol-type mostly $19-21. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (21-20*-13) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Belize and Guatemala. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices higher. Cartons 30-35 pounds tainung-type 8-13s mostly $18-19, 14-15s mostly $17-18. Quality generally good. *revised.
BRAZIL — Imports (3*-4*-4) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 3.5-kilogram solo-type (golden) 7-10s mostly $13, 12s $12-13 Quality good. *revised.